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I've managed to configure my smtp server to send mail using stuff. This was my main objective and I got it to work. Now I want to tackle incoming mail, because well, I have an smtp server so I might as well.

I currently have it configured to recieve mail in the drop folder. ALL mail that gets sent to my goes to this drop folder regardless of who the is. So I just have this folder with a ton of emails to any possible user. In the past, win2k days, I remember being able to add mail users and then subsequent folders within the drop folder.

Basically my question is: what is the standard way to sort the recieved mail by recipient? I doubt the intended method is parsing .eml files, but maybe thats the new standard. I really don't know and thats why I'm asking.

I not a sysadmin, I'm just mucking around on my own time.

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Well, the POP end user functionality of SMTP Service was retired a long long time ago - so no more users. Now SMTPS is basically jsut an MTA with a drop / pickup directory, and if you need higher functions - get a full SMTP Server somewhere.

So, yes, it IS parsing EML files.

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Thanks for the answer. Is there built in .net stuff that is designed for parsing .eml files? I'm only going to have a few users, so the processing algorithm and stuff isn't that big of a deal. I might even roll the .eml files in a db table. We'll see. At least I know what I'm up against now. – user57426 Oct 18 '10 at 6:42
Follow up: Is there a way to setup outlook or any other email client to download emails from this drop directory that are only to a specific user? – user57426 Oct 18 '10 at 6:48
Per definition not. SMTP is only for sending / receiving between servers. FOr outlook you would need another protocol (IMAP, POP etc.). SMTP service in windows is really for programmatic handling ONLY. CHeck out for a "higher up" email server. – TomTom Oct 18 '10 at 6:59

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