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Install SMTP on Windows Server 2012

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When installing a Windows Server 2012 Instance at Hostwinds, you may want to extend the features of the Operating System. A common feature you may want is to have the ability to send emails from your Windows Instance. Let’s go over that in this guide once you have gained access to your VPS using RDP and are logged in as the Administrator user.

Install IIS web server with SMTP on Windows Server 2012

Step One: Click on Server Manager on the lower left side of the screen:

launch server manager

Step Two: Click on Add Roles and Features in the middle of the page

add roles and features

Step Three: Click on Next until you see the screen to select Role-based or feature-based installation and click on next:

role-based or feature based installation

Step Four: Ensure your server is in the pool and selected. Click on Next

select a server from the server pool

Step Five: Check the box by Web Server (IIS)

select web server iis

Step Six: A pop up box will appear. Ensure the box for Include management tools (if applicable) is checked and click on the Add Features button

include management tools if applicable

Step Seven: Select SMTP Server in the feature list by checking this box to allow your SMTP Server to support the transfer or e-mail messages between e-mail systems

enable smtp server on windows server 2012

Step Eight: Ensure the Include management tools (if applicable) check box is checked and click on the Add Features button. This will also install other role services or features

include management features for smtp server on windows server 2016

Step Nine: Click the Next button

Step Ten: Review the information on the screen and press the next button once again

web server role iis

Step Eleven: Select the role services to install for Web Server (IIS) and click on next

select role services

Step Twelve: Review the installation details and click on the Install button to begin

install iis with smtp server on windows server 2012

You can close the wizard without interrupting running tasks and also export the configuration settings. Once you have received an installation completed message, you can close the window

installation progress of iis on windows server 2012

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