How to remove the team member NIC using the power shell

In most cases, we want to make LBFO teams and to assign the existing NICs to such teams. However, we may have the quite opposite need – to remove some NICs from the existing team.

We will use the power shell and this trick can be used on any Windows server, including the Core and Hyper-V versions. Let’s begin! Continue reading


Outgoing TLS settings in the IIS SMTP server

So far, we covered the general installation flow and the incoming security settings related to the IIS SMTP service. Today’s article will cover the outgoing security settings, mostly the TLS support and mail domains.

On top of that, we will see how to troubleshoot any failed email connection, while monitoring the server behaviour and reading the relevant logs.

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Securing the IIS SMTP service

In the first article of this series related to the IIS SMTP service, we covered the installation process, the mostly used outgoing connection settings and the basic functionality tests to check its operation status. However, we didn’t touch any part related to the incoming connection and security settings.

This article will cover that tab related to the access control and incoming security parameters. Let’s begin. Continue reading

Missing MX record in the DNS zone

I simply overlooked to create one DNS record in my virtual lab. The good news is that I quickly resolved the problem and even better I prepared the new story on my blog. Here is the detailed (step-by-step) troubleshooting guide for the similar DNS problems.

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Sending emails from IIS Web applications

Recently, one customer asked us to configure the option to send emails from the Web based application. The application itself has such option and it rely on the companion email sender.

In case of the Microsoft IIS platform, the related component is the SMTP server service. My today’s article will describe the complete process of the installation and configuration of this feature. I will cover the scenario when such server is in the local network, with relaxed security.

Let’s begin! Continue reading