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I have a AWS ( amazon web server ) virtual server that has a email application.

Normally in a LAN situation -   I would specify the outgoing SMTP address to the emailing program and my emails go out.

But in the amazon box this does not happen.  I believe in cloud situations the cloud servers block emailing from the server because of spam issues.

How can I enable this on my AWS server?  what do I need to request  for ( from the AWS support team ?)


and also what is the outgoing smtp I should specify in the AWS -  obviously the aws server is not connected to my isp so I cannot use my isps outgoing smtp address ( I think )
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If your ISP gives you SMTP -  it is usable by your EC2 instances.

If not, you will have to use other methods.
THe first way is to use this form to open egress SMTP from your server.
This works if you have a linux box and use phpmail for example.

https://portal.aws.amazon.com/gp/aws/html-forms-controller/contactus/ec2-email-limit-rdns-request

Having had the problem myself, I took a different course.
* Setup an Amazon SES configuration
* Point application to the SES SMTP service
* Add SPF  and/or DKIM records to your DNS

Eventually I moved out of SES and into MandrillApp because of better features.
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Its a Windows server. I have placed a request to remove restrictions anyway as per your link. Thanks for that.

I am not highly technical on this area - so it will be a challenge.
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Hi shaomc,

can you give me a quikc help here

I forwareded that Request to Remove Email Sending Limitations to AWS.
We have an elastic ip address and I provided that and when they asked for a reverse dns I provided the company domain ( that they currently use for emailing - something like company.net.au  ) However AWS has come back with the following and I cannot make head or tail out of it.

<<<The mapping for this reverse DNS entry is failing because the PTR record doesn't match the A record for that domain. We currently require the forward A record to match the PTR record for all reverse DNS entries.

You can either provide us with an alternate hostname, or configure the A record for this domain to match the desired PTR record on your side.

Please resubmit your request via the online form so that we can resubmit the
request:
>>>
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Thanks
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