Topic Last Modified: 2007-05-17

The default SMTP virtual server starts upon installation of the SMTP Server feature. You can pause, stop, and restart it from Microsoft Management Console.

You can also start, stop, and pause the whole Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) service. For instructions, see Start, Stop, or Pause the SMTP Service. However, if you have more than one virtual server, stopping the SMTP service affects all the SMTP virtual servers that are running on your computer. When the SMTP service is stopped, you cannot use Microsoft Management Console to perform administrative functions on any SMTP virtual server.

You can stop and start the SMTP service manually. However, while it's operating, you must be careful when stopping, pausing, or restarting the service to minimize the effect on users.

Make sure only trusted and qualified administrators in your organization have the necessary permissions to start or stop an SMTP virtual server. For more information, see Set Security Options.

This section describes how to start, stop, and pause SMTP virtual servers by using Microsoft Management Console. It contains the following topics: