Tuesday, September 15, 2009

How to configure POP3 for OpsMgr in test environments, using Windows 2008 Server

Got some feedback on this posting which described how to configure SMTP on W2K08 for isolated OpsMgr test environments. One of the most heard comments was that SMTP also needs POP3 (or IMAP) in order to deliver anything. And many test environments do not have an Exchange implementation in place and are so isolated these environments aren’t able to connect to anything outside the lab.

On top of that, POP3 isn’t available any more in W2K08. So how to go about it?

I searched the internet and found many solutions. Many of which are really an overkill and one ends up with a full blown mail solution. But finally I found it: Visendo SMTP (pop3) Extender for Windows 2008 Server, to be found here.

It took me some time to get it up & running, but the same webpage also describes how to go about it, check out the ninth comment:

Yes, that did the trick. Now I have an OpsMgr test environment which is a real All-In-One Solution:

  • W2K08 DC
  • SQL2K08 SP1, SRS
  • RMS
  • SMTP
  • POP3

It works like a charm! Now I can take a VM with me which has everything on board to be used as a test environment. Runs good, even on a notebook serving as a host.

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