Windows Server® 2008 SMTP Server uses the Internet-standard Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) to transport and deliver messages based on specifications in Request for Comments (RFC) 2821 and RFC 2822. It also includes enhancements that build on the basic delivery functions of the protocol. Various options help you control the routing and delivery of messages, and configure more secure communications.
SMTP Server Features
SMTP Server provides the following features.
- Standard Internet Protocol Support
SMTP Server provides full support for SMTP and is compatible with
SMTP mail clients.
- Scalability With SMTP Server, you can
configure SMTP virtual servers to support multiple domains and
hundreds of client connections in a single-server
- Easy Administration and Integration with
the Windows Server 2008 Operating System SMTP
Server uses a Microsoft Management Console for administration. SMTP
virtual servers are created and configured by using
Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Manager.
Administrators can use other Windows Server 2008
administration features including Simple Network Management
Protocol (SNMP), event logs, and transaction logs to collect usage
statistics, track messages and transactions, and examine usage
- Advanced Security SMTP Server supports
the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) for encrypting
- Directed Mail Drop and Pickup For the
default domain, SMTP Server supports placement of all incoming
messages directly into a Drop directory. This means you can use
SMTP Server as a mail receiver for other applications. In addition
to connecting to a TCP port to send messages, applications can also
use a Pickup directory. After a message that is formatted as a text
file is copied to the Pickup directory, SMTP Server delivers