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SMTP Service (Win Server) - What the hell?

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    ManipUni

    What the hell is Microsoft doing with the SMTP service? They still have it running in the IIS 6 manager even on Windows Server 2008 R2 and every few months they keep releasing updates which reset the configuration/settings breaking the service. 

    This is the third time a Windows Update has done this to me this year. It either entirely clears all of the settings for the SMTP service or just things like the "fully qualified domain name" back to the host's name.   

    A quick google will indicate that this is both common and has been going on since at least 2010. You can find a whole list of Windows Update which are causing the service to lose its configuration information. 

    Unfortunately as Microsoft has no channels of direct communication posting on C9 is my only option. 

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    W3bbo

    Strange, the SMTP service works fine for me (on the servers I operate that don't use Exchange) - I can't say I've experienced the configuration being overwritten.

    But I'm with you over the IIS6 part - pretty egregious (but for some reason, Exchange requires IIS6 components to be installed too).

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    ZippyV

    I think Microsoft is abandoning the smtp service in Windows Server. Why don't you use another one like http://www.hmailserver.com/

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    ManipUni

    @ZippyV: That isn't a straight forward SMTP proxy-like instance (e.g. Sendmail) and is instead a full blown mail server. Plus as it happens I have tried to use hMailServer and PHP didn't like it.   

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    blowdart

    , ZippyV wrote

    I think Microsoft is abandoning the smtp service in Windows Server.

    What makes you think that? I haven't read anything like that.

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    Craig_​Matthews

    , ZippyV wrote

    I think Microsoft is abandoning the smtp service in Windows Server.

    Is Microsoft also abandoning SMTP replication for Active Directory domain controllers at sites that don't have direct connectivity? That's pretty huge for something no one has heard about.

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    ZippyV

    @blowdart:

    , blowdart wrote

    *snip*

    What makes you think that?

    They didn't update it since 2003 and you need to install IIS 6 stuff to configure it.

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    blowdart

    , ZippyV wrote

    @blowdart:

    *snip*

    They didn't update it since 2003 and you need to install IIS 6 stuff to configure it.

    That's hardly evidence. The CA web site requires classic ASP, but isn't going away as AD needs it.

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    Craig_​Matthews

    Not to mention the various third party applications that rely on the SMTP service in order to send alerts and status reports to people.

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    blowdart

    , Craig_​Matthews wrote

    Not to mention the various third party applications that rely on the SMTP service in order to send alerts and status reports to people.

    Well to be fair they rely on an SMTP server. It could be any SMTP server, assuming it's written correctly.

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    Lee_Dale

    The SMTP service won't go away unless the next version of SharePoint doesn't require it for dealing with incoming mail.

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