Outlook Express Relaying Tip

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This article was written by a guest author.  It is here at PuterGeek.Com with his permission.  Bob "Wiz" Feinberg is a PGCN subscriber with his own website and consulting business.  Be sure to visit his site after reading this article to see more of his tips and how-tos!  Wiz sent this to me to see what I thought about it.  I liked it so much I begged him to allow me to put a copy of it here.

Wiz's Workshop, by "Wiz" Feinberg, Wizcrafts Computer Services.

Configuring Microsoft's Outlook Express email client to send outgoing email through your local dialup ISP, but have it appear to come from your own www domain name.

This scenario applies to anyone who owns a domain name which is parked or hosted by a web-hosting service that supplies an incoming POP3 email account, but does not supply an outgoing email server (many don't). You are allowed to retrieve your email by POP3 login, or else you have it forwarded to your local ISP account, but you must send all email through your local dialup ISP.

The details concerning your email systems, and their configuration, will be available from the web-host where your domain resides and from your local ISP. Check their support or FAQ pages, or email them for help.

The problem:

When you currently send or reply to emails concerning your web domain it shows your dialup ISP account name as the sender (i.e.: wizcrafts@usol.com, instead of inquiries@wizcrafts.net). This may not appear professional to some corporate recipients, with whom you may want to do business, and who expect to see incoming email sent from the domain they are dealing with.

If you want your email to appear to come from your own domain and not from your dialup ISP, read on. This applies to Outlook Express 4 and newer.



The requirements:

The Solution:

If your web host and your ISP meet the requirements as listed above, follow this procedure, which works for me using www.usol.com as my local ISP: (USOL has access numbers in at least 27 US states and 2 Canadian provinces).

Unless your dialup ISP blocks email relaying you should be set to send and receive email from your domain. Just be sure to select the domain setup from the dropdown list of accounts, in the "From" field, before you hit the send button.

From MSN comes the following information...

Why am I no longer able to send e-mail from other ISP accounts when I am signed in to MSN?

If you are using Outlook Express with multiple e-mail accounts from different Internet Service Providers in addition to MSN Internet Access, you can no longer send e-mail from your other ISP accounts when you are signed in to MSN.

MSN is implementing an industry-standard SPAM filtering system on our e-mail servers. This action is part of a new set of anti-Spam initiatives designed to protect MSN customers and the MSN e-mail system from unsolicited commercial e-mail.

MSN does not provide support for accessing e-mail from other ISP accounts through MSN.

If you want to continue to do so while you are signed in to MSN, you must re-configure your Outgoing mail (SMTP) server information to ensure that all of your outbound e-mail is sent through the MSN SMTP mail servers. To do this, follow the instructions below. Repeat these instructions for each additional account you have set up in Outlook Express.

Note: Any issues you encounter with the following configuration are not supported by MSN.

These instructions are only provided to assist subscribers who elect to configure Outlook Express to use more than one ISP e-mail account.

Start Outlook Express.

Click Tools, and then click Accounts.

Click your additional ISP account name in the list.

Click Properties.

Click Servers.

Under Outgoing mail (SMTP): replace the existing server name with smtp.email.msn.com.

Under Outgoing Mail Server, select the My server requires authentication check box.

Click Settings.

Select the Log on using option.

Type your MSN user name in the Account Name box.

Type your MSN password in the Password box.

Select the Log on using Secure Password Authentication check box.

Click OK.

Click Apply.

Click OK.

Written by Bob "Wiz" Feinberg, the owner and webmaster of wizcrafts.net and a freelance webmaster for hire.  If you have any input or suggestions concerning this article, send them to Wiz at - wizsworkshop@wizcrafts.net.

If this works for you I am happy to have helped. I will post a follow-up article if enough useful comments or suggestions come in. However, if it doesn't work, don't blame me, blame your restrictive ISP or web-host.

This information was originally supplied to me by my web host, L. James Prevo, of www.prevo.net. He uses this system to send email concerning his excellent, low cost web-hosting business, while he is away on location serving as a Scoutmaster.

The exclusions were explained by The PuterGeek himself, Peter Crockett, based on his experiences trying to manage the 'Puter Geek' newsletter and website, while traveling on the road as a truck driver. Peter is still trying to find an ISP that will allow email relaying along with National access numbers.

    Please visit Wiz's websites at www.wizcrafts.net, or www.usol.com/~wizcrafts/index.html.
Email: webmaster@wizcrafts.net, or wizcrafts@usol.com.

Created by Wiz Feinberg on ... April 15, 2001

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