Installing and Configuring SmarterMail on a Dedicated or Virtual Private Server

With a new dedicated server, you should also receive an email from SmarterTools including licensing information, download and installation instructions.

Installing SmarterMail Professional Edition

There is one Setup file to install SmarterMail Professional Edition that includes all components (the web server and Web Interface) necessary to allow SmarterMail to run right "out of the box."

The Web Interface

The Web Interface installs with the SmarterMail Web Server, and, by default, the web server is set to respond to all IPs. When running SmarterMail on the SmarterMail web server, the administrative login to SmarterMail will bind to the localhost IP address of 127.0.0.1 and will use port 9998. Therefore, in order to initially access the Web Interface so you can start adding domains and setting up mail for those domains, you can double clicking the desktop shortcut or type "http://127.0.0.1:9998/login.aspx" into a browser. Please keep in mind, however, that when you start adding domains into SmarterMail, you will need an external IP address that can be used for sending and receiving email.

If you would like to change the specific IP that the Web Interface is bound to, go to the SmarterMail Web Service by clicking on "Start - Programs - SmarterTools Inc. - SmarterMail - Configure SmarterMail Web Server". Click in the drop down arrow under "Web Site Settings" to reveal all IP's available to your machine. Select the new IP to bind the Web Interface to and click apply. You can then access the Web Interface by typing in your new IP address in any browser followed by ":9998/Login.aspx". e.g. "http://555.555.555.555:9998/Login.aspx"

The first time you access the Web Interface, log in using the following default settings:

Full Email Address= admin
Password = admin

NOTE: for Web Interface Administrators the "Full Email Address" will always be the global log in name.

Activate License Key

Once you initially log in to SmarterMail, you will need to activate your license key. There are two license types you can use: a FREE license that activates SmarterMail for a single domain and up to 10 users (setup by default), or a fully licensed version that will activate the number of domains and email accounts that pertain the license you purchased. If you have a purchased copy of SmarterMail, Click on Settings and scroll down and select “Activate Product” and click "Activate a License Key." Enter the License Key, Email Address and Password that was provided in the email from SmarterTools after your purchase. Click on the "activate now" button to view product version specific information.

Getting Started with SmarterMail Professional Edition

Once you have installed the Web Interface, you are ready to start adding domains to the Web Interface. Please keep in mind, however, that when you start adding domains into SmarterMail, you will need an external IP address that can be used for sending and receiving email. Therefore, make sure you have at least a single external IP address (other than the localhost IP of 127.0.0.1) to use with SmarterMail.

Adding Domains to the Web Interface

To add a domain to the Web Interface, log in as the administrator of the SmarterMail application (if you are not already logged in) and click on "Manage" in the menu. Select "New Domain", and the first page of the General Domain Information wizard will display. For more information on adding a domain, see "Add Domain" in the manage section of the help menu.

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