SharePoint: Using and Testing Alerts without Exchange

Great post from Eric Legault on SharePoint alerts without Exchange running. Good ole SMTP.

I’m so used to working with SharePoint in a network which has Exchange running that I’ve never really thought about working with Alerts without Exchange. I recently set up WSS on my home domain, and although I have Exchange on a Virtual PC it is never running 24/7.

Then I got to thinking: what if I pointed SMTP on the WSS box to the same address that I use for my e-mail accounts with my broadband ISP? Sure enough, it works!

For those of you not familiar with configuring SMTP, go into IIS and expand the Default SMTP Virtual Server. In the properties dialog, click the Advanced button on the Delivery tab and set the Smart Host to the SMTP address for your ISP, and add YOURSERVERNAME.YOURDOMAIN.COM in the Fully-qualified domain name box. You should also go to the Central Administration page and the “Security Configuration” -> “Configure default e-mail server settings” link. Set the Outbound SMTP Server value to the same thing, and have replies go to an Internet e-mail address as well (this is where bounces will be sent).

Having working alerts is pretty handy too for home WSS adoption; everyone has a family WSS site by now, right?

Read the entire SharePoint User Alerts without Exchange article over at Eric’s

Great tip Eric!

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