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Article ID: 323350 - Last Review: December 3, 2007 - Revision: 6.4

This article was previously published under Q323350

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SUMMARY

This article describes how to test the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) service for any system.

Test the SMTP Service

To test the SMTP service, follow these steps:
  1. On a computer running Windows Server 2003, type Telnet at a command prompt, and then press ENTER.
  2. At the telnet prompt, type set LocalEcho, press ENTER, and then type open <machinename> 25, and then press ENTER.

    The output resembles the following:
    220 computername.microsoft.com ESMTP Server (Microsoft Exchange Internet Mail Service 5.5.2651.58) ready
    					
  3. Type helo me, and then press ENTER.

    The output resembles the following:
    250 OK
    					
  4. Type mail from:email@domain.com, and then press ENTER.

    The output resembles the following:
    250 OK - mail from <email@domain.com>
    					
  5. Type rcpt to:youremail@yourdomain.com, and then press ENTER.

    The output resembles the following:
    250 OK - Recipient <youremail@yourdomain.com>
    					
  6. Type Data, and then press ENTER.

    The output resembles the following:
    354 Send data.  End with CRLF.CRLF
    					
  7. Type Subject:This is a test, and then press ENTER two times.
  8. Type Testing, and then press ENTER.
  9. Press ENTER, type a period (.), and then press ENTER.

    The output resembles the following:
    250 OK
    					
  10. Type quit, and then press ENTER.

    The output resembles the following:
    221 Closing Port / Mail queued for delivery
    					

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Enterprise x64 Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition (32-bit x86)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, 64-Bit Datacenter Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Web Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 Premium Edition
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