How to enable SMTP outbound authentication

Here is a Quick Tip-


Many smarthosts require that you authenticate before you can relay your mail to them. Unfortunately, the SBS dev team did not add an authentication window to the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW). You have to do this manually, but do not worry… it is very easy:


Open Exchange System Manager, drill down to Connectors, right-click the SMTP connector and select properties. On the Properties screen click on the Advanced tab, go to Outbound Security and type the logon info of your ISP.


By the way, if you want to learn more about using Smarthosts vs. DNS for mail delivery you should read this article.

Please turn off all electronic equipment for takeoff

Sorry this has nothing to do with SBS, but I really need to get it out of my chest.

As I mentioned in my last blog article I went to Toronto for the local SMB Nation mini summit. It was sooo cool to finally meet in person many of my MVP friends and community members, I really got many memorable moments there (and some even have pictures attached to them!). However, all that “magic” ended abruptly when I got inside the airplane…

Ok. Let me start by admitting that I’m not really a frequent “air” traveler… I normally travel about 3-4 times in a year. As most of you, I carry around my laptop, PDA, smartphone and MP3 player whenever I go.

It REALLY bugs me to have to turn off all electronic equipment for takeoff. How on hell my crappy MP3 player could have any effect on this multi-million dollar airplane? I don’t want to get arrested (I hear the FAA police knocking on my door now J), but I normally turn off my cell and continue using the MP3 player the whole time. However, this time all the flight attendants were ordering me to turn everything off!

This time in particular was pretty bad since I had to take several short flights (1hr max)… so 20 minutes takeoff, then 20 minutes landing it gave me 20 minutes to hear MP3s. That’s not acceptable! (BTW reading on those small airplanes gets me sick!).

Let me put it this way-> I think turning off all electronic equipment for takeoff is pure BS. Even turning off all RF equipment (like cells, pagers, etc.) is totally bogus. If there was really the potential for a problem then the airplane makers need to improve their EMI/RFI shielding, filters, etc. If not, then the safety of xxx passengers can be jeopardized by a moron (maybe like me) leaving their MP3 player or cell on? What a bunch of crap-o-la!

I’m glad the FCC and the FAA are reconsidering all this. Just let me fly with my MP3 player please!

Going to Toronto

Most of you may already know that there is an SMB Nation Summit on Toronto on Jan 11 (read more about it on Susan’s blog). I’m happy to say that I will be attending the event and I hope that you will too (I’m cutting 2 days off my vacations and flying from San Juan to Toronto and then going to Philly… so don’t tell me about distances, work, etc.)

Seriously, this is a great opportunity to learn more about SBS, have fun and meet a lot of people (plus its great to be able to “speak SBS” for a while). I’m looking forward to meet many SBSers and MVPs (last count was 10 SBS MVPs assiting the event).

This will be an awesome event… and I hope to see you there!