Topic Last Modified: 2007-05-17

The SMTP Server feature is not installed by default on computers that are running Windows Server 2008. You must use Server Manager to install the SMTP Server feature.

Upon installation of the SMTP Server feature on computers that are running Windows Server 2008, only Anonymous access is enabled on your default SMTP virtual server. For more information, see Requiring Authentication for Incoming Connections.


To install SMTP server

  1. Upon installation of Windows Server 2008, Standard operating system and Windows Server 2008, Enterprise operating system, the Initial Configuration Tasks window will appear. You can use this tool to perform this procedure. However, if you have selected the box Do not show this window at logon, you must use the Server Manager to perform this procedure.

    To manually open Server Manager, click Start, point to Administrative Tools and then click Server Manager.

  2. In Server Manager, click Server Manager (server name). In the results pane, locate the Features Summary section, and then click Add features to open the Add Features Wizard.

  3. On the Select Features page, select SMTP Server. If a dialog box appears with the message Add features required for SMTP server?, click Add Required Features. Then click Next.

  4. On the Confirm Installation Options page, click Install. The Installation Progress page shows while the Add Features Wizard installs SMTP Server.

  5. On the Installation Results page, verify that the Installation Succeeded message displays and then click Close.

The SMTP Server feature is managed by using the Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 Manager and configuring the properties of SMTP Virtual Servers.