SmarterMail 13.x Help

SmarterMail System Requirements

SmarterMail was designed to operate efficiently with multiple applications on the same server, based on the following system requirements:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit or higher
  • Microsoft .NET 4.0 Framework
  • Dedicated IP Address
  • Microsoft IIS 7.5 or higher*
  • Minimal IIS Settings
    • Application Development Features
      • .NET Extensibility
      • ASP.NET
      • ISAPI Extensions
      • ISAPI Filters
    • Common HTTP Features
      • Default Documents
      • Directory Browsing
      • HTTP Errors
      • Static Content
    • Health and Diagnostics
      • HTTP Logging
      • Request Monitor
    • Performance Features
      • Static Content Compression
    • Security
      • Request Filtering

Can SmarterMail Be Installed on Amazon's EC2 Platform?

To put it simply, yes. However, Amazon's EC2 platform, and other cloud providers, have some things to consider when determining how well any mail server will run. For example, some cloud services rotate the IP addresses that are used, which can cause issues with items like DNS records and affect mail delivery. Some have issues with disk I/O or have various other issues that adversely affect SmarterMail's performance. Therefore, while you can install SmarterMail on a cloud service such as Amazon's EC2, it is not necessarily recommended.


Note: Each installation and environment is unique. Extra load caused by excessive messages or email accounts and/or other factors may require more disk space, memory, database allocation, etc. than suggested in the Online Help. SmarterTools recommends that system administrators slowly add domains to the server and watch how they impact the server. In addition, email patterns indicate that the number of email messages per account are increasing by approximately 60% every two years. It is important to keep this growth in mind when planning your rollout.


*SmarterMail includes a basic Web server, so the product is fully functional upon installation, even without the existence of IIS or other Web servers. However, SmarterTools recommends installing Microsoft IIS 7.5+ in place of the SmarterMail Web server for increased performance and security. For more information, see the SmarterTools Knowledge Base.

**Understand that Microsoft's non-server based operating systems limit the maximum number of inbound connections, which could impact performance. For more information regarding this issue, refer to the Microsoft Software EULA.

***Some services will not work under Windows Server 2003. For example, Exchange Web Services.