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Need to install a mail spooler on my Win7 and Win server 2008

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I have a web application that can make use of a mail spooler to send email asynchronously via an external SMTP server.

Doe's Win7 and Win server 2008 come with a mail spooler service that I just need to enable or can I just install a third-party 'mail spooler' to spool emails that then get sent to the external SMTP, in this case Gmail, server in the background ?

I am using an Apache Web server

Thanks heaps in advance
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Windows 2008 Server comes with an SMTP service.  Go to Control Panel, Add remove programs, Add windows components.  It can be found under IIS.

As far as I know, Windows 7 does not come with it own SMTP service.
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Why are you wanting to use a mail spooling server/service and why would you do it yourself? These are typically used when your ISP or your email provider can't keep up with your email sending and thus serve as a "backup" to those other services. If you are sending out large volumes of emails you want to use a provider that does that for you so you don't have an additional service to have to monitor and maintain. IMHO
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Hi lionelmm

The volumes aren't large. The application that I'm needing a mail spooling service for waits for the email to be sent before it carries on processing. Using mail spooling the application can put the email into the spool and then carry on processing in an asynchronous fashion.

We are using Gmail as our mail server for our domain and each email takes between 30 to 60 seconds which doesn't sound like a lot but the user has to wait for the emails to go before they can carry on using the application.

I guess what I'm after is something that acts like an email client application's 'Outbox' that acts like a queue before email is sent.  

Thanks heaps
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Then I agree with the above comment, to install the smtp service. It has been years and years since I used one so can't recommend one. I do however see a potential problem, that is if your application can only proceed once the email is sent then the local Windows smtp service will act in the same way as the google smtp service. You may be better served to change the way application interacts with the smtp servers but I don't know enough about programming to suggest what.
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have you looked at something like this? Its description seems to be what you want, where it does not wait for the email to sent but send it instead to a folder to sent later, which is what I think you are looking for.
http://symfony.com/doc/current/cookbook/email/spool.html
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Hi

Ended up using another ISP's mail service and found they turned sending of email around much faster, so no delays now.

Thanks heaps
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