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Want to make PC with Win 7 an outgoing mail server


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#1 jeffaz1

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Posted 05 January 2016 - 01:35 PM

We need to send alarm notifications to our customers and would like our own mail server. We have a PC with Windows 7 Professional and a domain name we got from DynDNS. From what I found online there isn't a built in SMTP server past XP. Anyone know what direction we need to go in? When I do a search for SMTP servers, I just find several places that want to rent out space on THEIR server. Thank you.                  


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Posted 09 January 2016 - 08:15 PM

You won't be able to set that up on Windows 7 directly -- you could set up a virtual machine on that Windows 7 PC, install a basic Linux server on it and set up an SMTP server on the VM.



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Posted 10 January 2016 - 06:36 PM

Thanks for the response. I installed SMTP server software and successfully sent an email through it from SendBlaster. It went to my phone (in the form of a text), using the computer as the SMTP host. Then, I tried unsuccessfully to get the building automation controller to send an email using that computer as the server. That was when it was on different networks. I then put the building controller on the same network as the email server, and in the software of the controller, I entered the private IP of the PC as SMTP host and when I created an alarm, it successfully sent an email. Are you sure it won't work? I'm still working on getting it to send the email while on a different network. I'm wondering if the PC needs to be set with the static, public IP. There is a router on it right now, and I'm using a static 192.168 IP. Thanks for the help!


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 07:25 PM

It will work -- but as you noted, there is no native SMTP client on Windows 7, so you'll have to use something else, like a VM or third-party software.

 

So that applications and services can find the SMTP server, you will have to set it up with a static IP address. It doesn't need to be a public IP, so long as the PC is on the same network as the controller, or at least on a network the controller can reach. If the networks are separated, consider setting up a VPN tunnel between them. I don't recommend putting the SMTP server on a public IP address -- too easy to hack that way.






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