Manage communication connections

SharePoint 2007

Updated: August 28, 2008

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2017-01-25

Settings in Central Administration determine how SharePoint sites accept and archive incoming e-mail.

You can also configure outgoing e-mail settings so that your Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) server sends e-mail alerts to site users and notifications to site administrators. You can configure both the From e-mail address and the Reply e-mail address that appear in outgoing alerts. You can also configure outgoing e-mail settings for only one Web application or for all Web applications.

Both incoming and outgoing e-mail configurations require an SMTP service to be running in the environment. The SMTP service provided by Internet Information Services (IIS) is a simple component for delivering outgoing e-mail messages. You can send and receive e-mail messages, notifications, and status messages. You can also see other users who are online, which is referred to as presence. For more information about how SMTP services work, see How Simple is SMTP.

The minimum requirements for presence integration is that one of the following instant messaging clients must be installed on the client computers:

  • Microsoft Windows Messenger version 4.6

  • MSN Messenger version 4.6

  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2005

Before performing this procedure, make sure that you have:

  • Access to a Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 server as member of the Farm Administrators group.

  • Membership in the Administrators group on the computer where you are configuring SMTP.

  • The SMTP service is configured on the computer that is running IIS. For more information about configuring the SMTP service, see SMTP configuration.

To configure communication connections for your farm, you can perform the following procedures: