Topic Last Modified: 2007-05-16

Windows Server 2008 SMTP Server provides the following features.

Standard Internet Protocol Support

SMTP Server provides full support for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) and is compatible with SMTP mail clients.


You can configure SMTP virtual servers to support multiple domains and hundreds of client connections in a single-server configuration.

Easy Administration and Integration with the Windows Server 2008 Operating System

SMTP Server uses 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, or examine usage patterns.

Advanced Security

SMTP Server supports the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) for encrypting transmissions.

Directed Mail Drop and Pickup

For the default domain, SMTP Server supports placing 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 formatted as a text file is copied to the Pickup directory, SMTP Server delivers it.