I am looking to move my hosted site + email onto my Azure VPS (Windows Server 2012).

I can migrate the site successfully using the @ A Name Record, but how would I go about the email? Do I need to install any features to enable my server to become my SMTP server?

Struggling to find anything on the web about this because in most cases people just want SMTP to send mail. I actually want it to host my mail accounts.

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    MDaemon, hMailServer, MailEnable, SmarterMail, etc., etc. – joeqwerty May 25 '15 at 17:56
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    This question is being voted for closure because the author does not show a level of technical understanding or appropriate due diligence in researching the topic that the community judges as being a minimum barrier to participate. – Wesley May 25 '15 at 20:02

In order to host email you'll need to host a full Email Server on your VPS. In the Microsoft world that is Microsoft Exchange.

However, setting up and maintaining Microsoft Exchange or any email server is quite a bit of work and may not be worth the trouble.

If you are looking for a simpler way to host mail for your domain, you should look into services such as Office365 or Google Apps.

  • Forgot to mention that Exchange is also definitely not free. – Stephen F May 25 '15 at 18:54

Some older versions of Windows Server supported a POP3 service that clients could use to pick up mail received by the SMTP server. This has been dropped, and as Stephen has already mentioned Exchange is the best Microsoft alternative

However, while I'm a huge fan of Exchange, it is both complex and expensive. If your needs are relatively simple, you could try an open source alternative like hMailServer.

Caveat emptor: while I have read excellent things about it, I have only ever used hMailServer in small test scenarios.

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