Install SMTP Server (Not Exchange Server) on Your SharePoint 2013 Virtual Server


If you have a need to test SharePoint alerts or workflows from your virtual server and you don’t have access to an SMTP server, the following provides instructions on how to install and configure an SMTP server to test e-mail integration with SharePoint 2013 or previous versions of SharePoint.

1. Download Mail Enable Standard Edition (Free Edition)

2. Launch Mail Enable Standard Edition

3. Click OK on the Installation Note dialog box

4. Click Next on the Welcome dialog box

5. In Get Installation Settings dialog box, provide Name and Company, then click Next          

6. Click Next in the Terms and Conditions dialog box

7. Select Web Mail Service (Server) under MailEnable Messaging Services for Microsoft Windows, then click Next

8. Accept the default Destination Folder for Program Files Location or change location, then click Next

9. Click Next under Select Program Manager Group dialog box

10. Accept the default Destination Folder for MailEnable Repository Location or change location, then click Next

11. In Get Postoffice Details dialog box, type the domain name of your server or a meaningful name, and password


12. In SMTP Connector Configuration, type the domain name, DNS Host(s), and SMTP Port


13. Click Next to start the installation

14. During the installation process, you’ll be prompted to provide the Web site for MailEnable to use

15. In the Select WebMail Web Root dialog box, keep the Default Web Site setting, then click Next

16.   After the installation process completes, the application automatically launches its ReadMe, click OK or Cancel

17.   The Installation Complete dialog box appears, click Finish

18. If you’re running Windows Server 2012, click on Windows Charm –> Search

19. Type MailEnable, you should see the MailEnable Administrator tile, launch it

20. In MailEnable Management Console, expand Post Offices, locate the Post Office Name you created in step 11

21.   Right click on Mailboxes, select New –> Mailbox…


22.   In the Mailbox Properties dialog box, under the General tab, provide Mailbox Name and Password


23. Click on the Addresses tab, provide Reply To Address information (ex: vmaximiuk@vee.local)

Mailbox Properties

24. If you have Microsoft Office client installed on your VM, launch Outlook

25. Provide account information in the Add Account dialog box, then click Next

26. You can ignore the encryption error since this runs on your VM, then click Next

27. Complete the configuration and click Finish

That’s it! Now you should be able to send and receive e-mail message to and from your virtual server to your corporate e-mail account or any external (gmail, live, or yahoo) accounts.


Enabling Hyper-V on Windows 8

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In my previous post, I walked through the process of ensuring that your PC can run Hyper-V on Windows 8.  This post is the next step, enabling Hyper-V.

The following assumes that you have already installed Windows 8 Pro or Enterprise on your PC.

Let’s get started.

1. Press Windows + R keys to open the Run box and type appwiz.cpl

or, from Control Panel, select Programs and Features

2. Select Turn Windows features on or off


3. Select Hyper-V, and click OK


The Hyper-V binaries is now added to your Windows installation.


4. Once Hyper-V feature is enabled, you must reboot your PC to complete the installation.


After your PC is restarted, Hyper-V Manager is added to your start screen.


I use Hyper-V Manager often, so I chose to pin it to my taskbar. Here’s my Hyper-V Manager.


Next post, I’ll walkthrough setting up networking on your PC (host) and your VMs (guests) with Ethernet and wireless.

Making Sure that Your PC Can Run Hyper-V


For those who wonder if they could use Hyper-V with Windows 8 by re-purposing their old PCs, here are some helpful hints.

Hardware Requirements:

  • 64-bit system with Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
  • 4 GB RAM (minimum)

You’ll need either Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise

To check and see if your PC supports SLAT

1. Download Coreinfo

2. Extract to your location choice

3. Open Command Prompt window and Run as administrator


4. Navigate to the coreinfo extracted location, and type coreinfo.exe –v

Since I already have Hyper-V enabled, the results produced as captured in the screenshot below

On PCs with Intel processors, without Hyper-V already enabled, the EPT line would have an * indicator.
“*” means the feature is present
“-“ means it is missing

In my next post, I will walkthrough how to enable Hyper-V on Windows 8.