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SharePoint Server Subscription Edition now supports Client Certificates for SMTP

Summary SharePoint Server Subscription Edition now supports client certificate authentication when interacting with SMTP servers to send e-mail. While this may be an uncommon scenario, this feature is vital for highly secure environments where password-based only security is not allowed.  To use this feature, you must install a SharePoint Certificate, using the new SSL Certificate […]

Install BGINFO on Multiple Servers

Summary This blog details how to install and configure BGINFO to start on multiple servers. What is BGINFO? BGINFO stands for “Background Information”. This program will allow users to display computer details on the desktop wallpaper. This is very handy when working with multiple virtual servers that all have the same default background. Example: Get […]

SharePoint / Unable to create new SharePoint Groups with the “SharePoint Directory Management Service”

Summary After configuring SharePoint with Incoming email and the SharePoint Directory Management Service” to create Distribution Lists in Active Directory, you are unable to create new groups with the following error. Sorry, something went wrong The following error has occurred while attempting to contact the Directory Management Service: The request failed with HTTP status 401: […]

SharePoint / How is mail deleted from the “DROP” Folder?

Summary I recently worked on a case that involved slow incoming mail destined to SharePoint libraries. We found the problem was caused by a buildup of mail in the “drop” folders across multiple servers. Looking closer at the issue, we found that most of the messages were intended for aliases that no longer existed. Example: […]

Is SMTP Auth Really Working?

Summary Now that SharePoint 2019 supports SMTP authentication you have the option to relay e-mail from SharePoint to any SMTP server that supports SMTP authentication. However, if you are using a port that falls back to anonymous, how do you if it’s authenticating and not just falling back to anonymous? Let’s look at the traffic […]

Does SharePoint 2019 still need the SMTP Service?

Summary Now that SharePoint 2019 public preview has been released, the official deprecated / removed list has been published. After reading this you may have noticed that “Incoming email automatic mode” has been removed from the product. Incoming email automatic mode As announced by the Windows Server team, Microsoft is deprecating the IIS 6 Management […]

Finally – SMTP Authentication included with SharePoint 2019

Summary On July 24, 2018 Microsoft has announced the availability of both SharePoint Server 2019 Preview and Project Server 2019 Preview. One of the features I’m excited about is SMTP Authentication directly from SharePoint. This means, there is no need to setup a standalone SMTP relay just for SharePoint to send outgoing e-mail when authentication is required. […]

Install SMTP Server and Telnet with PowerShell

Summary SharePoint and general app servers often use the SMTP Service to integrate e-mail into the systems functionality. Since Windows supports a well vetted SMTP Service, using the built-in application is often the best choice. With the said, when testing your app functionality with e-mail, Telnet is almost always needed and not installed by default. […]