SharePoint

SharePoint Access Request e-mails are not delivered, but alerts work

Problem Summary I recently worked on a few cases where SharePoint “Access Request” e-mails are not delivered, but “Alert” e-mails work. Since Alert e-mail are working, we know that outgoing e-mail is configured properly. However, when users request access to a new site, the access request email would never make it to the site admin […]

SharePoint E-Mail enabled lists are not displayed in the Outlook Address List

Problem I recently worked on an issue where lists in SharePoint were enabled for incoming e-mail and created in Active Directory / Exchange using the “Directory Management Service. These new lists should be created as e-mail enabled contacts with an external e-mail target address in Exchange. However, after setting an e-mail address on a SharePoint […]

Summary It’s a best practice to test the compatibility of a migrated content database against the new target Farm before attaching the database and allowing users to access the migrated sites. This compatibly test is achieved by running Test-SPContentDatabase. Sounds too easy, right? Well, I recently worked on a case where “Test-SPContentDatabase” was reporting missing […]

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.   […]

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 […]

SharePoint requests fail when memory is low

Summary When working in virtual labs, I don’t always adhere to best practices. For example, we all know the minimum memory recommendation for SharePoint is 16GB for production use. So, when testing in my labs, SharePoint web requests may fail. As a result, I find myself troubleshooting the issue, only to find the failure was […]

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 […]