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Setting up Mail server in Windows 2012 R2

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Hello folks,

I have setup windows server 2012 R2 standard from A to Z except the mail part.

I have configured IIS, permissions etc. The only thing that twisted my brain is the Mail setup.

As I have never dealt with mail servers in IIS, I found it to be seriously complicated.

What I want is to create a mail server for let say three accounts and hook it up with Outlook.com as the management portal (Google apps is gone now).

I found some say that I need to install Exchange server which I find to be consuming and unnecessary.

I found in another lessons that I should install SMTP then configure it through IIS6 but it didn't mention the Mail DNS configuration part.

Anyway, I did the following:

http://www.vsysad.com/2012/04/setup-and-configure-smtp-server-on-windows-server-2008-r2/

It didn't work. I must've missed something in the DNS manager. Plus that there are DNS records on the domain at enom.com (The host).

Then I tried to hook it up with outlook.com and they gave me all of the required info:

http://www.wpbeginner.com/beginners-guide/how-to-setup-a-professional-branded-email-address-with-outlook-com/

But when I went to the DNS manager to enter the tokens, I didn't find a place for them. No place for the server destination at all.

Now, I don't know which is which and how to settle it all due to its complexity.

Hopefully, if someone can write down the basic instructions of how to do it and dives into DNS configs a little bit (don't forget the parties: enom.com, DNS manager, outlook.com), I would be seriously grateful.

In addition, if there are any other effective or better solution for creating a mail server, please don't hesitate.

Appreciated,

Phil.
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No!... SMTP Server is not a Mail Server.

SMTP is a delivery protocol only.

You still need something to take care of the messages, rules, redirect, add headers, etc.  and that's a Mail Server.

Outlook is just a client to access that server and put all that information in a "user friendly" way to manage your messages.

If you only want to access people's account on a web mail service as gmail you don't need to do anything on your premises.  Just take Outlook and configure it to access those accounts.

Now, if you want to host your own Mail Server, then that is a different story and YES you will need a MAIL SERVER software - program to do so... Exchange is just one of them there are more out there... Google it!!!
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Appreciated hecgomrec,

Your answer helped out a lot into figuring this thing out.

As i'm trying to install Exchange 2013, I discovered that it doesn't support 2012 R2.

I guess we have to wait for Exchange 2013 SP1.
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