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Configure SMTP Server (Windows 2012)

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After choosing to install IIS on your Hostwinds Windows 2012 VPS, you will want to configure SMTP. To do this, follow the steps in this guide after you have gained access as the Administrator user to RDP on your VPS.

 

Configure SMTP

Step One: Open Server Manager by clicking on the Server Manager icon on the lower left side

 

windows 2012 server manager

 

Step Two: Click on Tools on the upper right hand side of the screen and select Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Manager from the drop down menu

 

tools internet information services iis manager 

 

Step Three: Click on the drop down arrow next to your server name and right click on the SMTP server. From here, select Properties

 

smtp server properties windows server 2012

 

Step Four: In the General tab, check the box to Enable logging if you wish to have logging of your SMTP server enabled

 

enable smtp server logging

 

Step Five: On the Access tab, click the box that say Authentication at the top

 

smtp authentication windows server 2012

 

Step Six: Ensure Anonymous Access is checked and click on OK to proceed

 

enable anonymous access for smtp in windows server 2012

 

Step Seven: When you enter back in the Access tab, click the Connection button

 

connection button in access tab

 

Step Eight: Check the box for Only the list below and click on the Add button

 

only the list below add ip

 

Step Nine: Check the Single Computer radio button and enter in 127.0.0.1 to add localhost to the list of single computers that can send mail from your VPS and click on OK

 

single computer add 127.0.0.1 for localhost

 

Step Ten: Once you enter back to the Access tab screen, click the Relay button

 

relay button in access tab

 

Step Eleven: Check the radio button for Only the list below and click the Add button. Again, check the radio button for Single computer and enter 127.0.0.1 and click on OK.

 

smtp relay restrictions

 

Step Twelve: Confirm the settings in any other tabs and click on the Apply button to make these changes. Click on OK to exit the window

 

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