Unable to send test email in TFS

I'm having trouble configuring my TFS server to properly send email alerts. When I attempt to send a test email from the TFS Administration Console I get the following error dialog:
TFS Mail ErrorThe log file looks like this:
[Info   @22:01:07.086] ====================================================================
[Info   @22:01:07.086] Team Foundation Server Administration Log
[Info   @22:01:07.086] Version  : 14.0.23128.0
[Info   @22:01:07.086] DateTime : 03/02/2018 14:01:07
[Info   @22:01:07.086] Type     : Configuration
[Info   @22:01:07.086] Activity : Settings
[Info   @22:01:07.086] Area     : ApplicationTier
[Info   @22:01:07.086] User     : DOMAIN\administrator
[Info   @22:01:07.086] Machine  : DOMAIN-TFS
[Info   @22:01:07.086] System   : Microsoft Windows NT 6.3.9600.0 (AMD64)
[Info   @22:01:07.086] ====================================================================
[Info   @22:01:07.102] Setting ServerAccessMapping, at the instance level.
[Info   @22:01:07.102] Access mapping with moniker ServerAccessMapping has been removed.
[Info   @22:01:07.102] Setting PublicAccessMapping, at the instance level.
[Info   @22:01:07.102] Access mapping created for URL http://localhost/projects with moniker PublicAccessMapping
[Error  @22:01:10.856] 
Exception Message: The remote server returned an error: (404) Not Found. (type WebException)Status: ProtocolError
Response Status Code: NotFound
Response Status Message: Page not found.

Exception Stack Trace:    at System.Net.HttpWebRequest.GetResponse()
   at Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Admin.Console.Models.DlgSendTestMailViewModel.SendEmail()

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I've already followed the advice here with no success: https://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/vstudio/en-US/5c5d681a-d5fd-498d-9320-ce9cb28a7efa/tfs-2015-update-2-unable-to-connect-to-the-tfs-server-to-test-email-settings?forum=tfsadmin

Can anyone help me out?
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Russ SuterAsked:
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systechadminConsultantCommented:
Through what email server you are trying to send emails?
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Russ SuterAuthor Commented:
It's a local SMTP relay that I set up. I know the relay works because I have TFS successfully sending alerts to it during check-in events. I just don't understand why I cannot get it to send a successful test email here. I don't believe the error is with it trying to connect to the relay. I don't even think it's getting that far. I think the issue is that TFS is unable to connect to its own local resource. Notice the highlighted part of my screenshot. I don't think there's supposed to be a double backslash there and I can't figure out why it is there or how to get rid of it.
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Russ SuterAuthor Commented:
Well, this was a bit of overkill but it was apparently a corrupt setting in TFS somewhere. I just reinstalled TFS fresh and it's working now. I'll never know exactly what caused the issue but it's gone now.
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Russ SuterAuthor Commented:
No solution offered. I just reinstalled.
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