New Server 2017

On July 15th between 12:00 and 14:00 exmsft.com was moved to a new server. Current issues DNS propagation is underway. Because of the way incoming mail is handled, that should transfer over immediately. Depending on how you send you may have issues until the DNS changes are complete. Should be only a matter of a […]

Server Status

2015-07-17: POP3 Migration Complete We no longer have a spam filter sitting in front of exmsft.com. As a result: No new forwarding accounts are being created, POP3 accounts (with some limitations) are available. Please read The post-MailArmory plan for details. POP3 accounts have been created for all forwarders, and email has been sent to each forwarded-to email account […]

FAQ

Accounts How do I get an exmsft.com account? Instructions are here: Signing up for an exmsft.com email address. How do I configure access? That’s all right here: POP3/SMTP account configuration. Why can’t I get a forwarder instead of a POP3 account? Because without a strong spam filter in front of exmsft.com we forward everything, including […]

Your new exmsft.com account

If you were given a link to this page after requesting an exmsft.com account then it’s been set up; welcome to the ranks. You now have a new email address of the form oldalias@exmsft.com, where “oldalias” is your old Microsoft alias. I have no control, influence or information on what happens to your actual alias@microsoft.com address, […]

Converting from a forwarder to POP3

Short version: You should have received your new exmsft.com email password. You can configure your POP3 client using the information in this post: POP3/SMTP account configuration. You can change your password using the information in this post: Changing your POP login password and … WebMail! Important: there is a quota, currently defaulting to 50 megabytes. If you accumulate too […]

The post-MailArmory plan

With the death of MailArmory, and the lack of viable alternatives, the plan now boils down to this: Convert all forwarders to POP3 accounts Stop forwarding, and thus stop getting black listed for forwarding spam Place the responsibility for most spam filtering on the user Remove MailArmory from the picture completely My goal will be […]

The problem with spam

With MailArmory on its last legs I wanted to outline exactly why spam is such a big issue for exmsft.com. As you might imagine, there’s a lot of spam headed at email addresses on the exmsft.com. While most, I’m sure, are typical, run of the mill, spam-the-world kinds of spam, I also suspect that there […]

New “one strike” rule for POP accounts

Effective immediately I’m instituting a “one strike” rule for POP3 account: if your exmsft.com POP3 account is found responsible for sending spam through the server, it will be suspended. I’m sorry to have to take this strong a measure, but I see no alternative. In recent weeks several major email providers have placed exmsft.com on […]

SSH, SFTP and FTP access

The item applies only to those folks that have “shell” access and/or personal websites hosted on exmsft.com. Those with other accounts can move along … nothing to see here. (And in case you’re wondering, this is provided as a legacy service to folks who had it since “the old days”. With few exceptions we’re not setting […]

Why am I being asked to verify this (possibly former) Microsoft employee?

exmsft.com provides email services for ex-Microsoft employees. If someone requests an account but is unable to send from their @microsoft.com email address we ask that they provide one or more references from existing Microsoft employees. If you’ve received such a confirmation request from the exmsft.com administrator (currently Leo Notenboom), that’s all that’s going on. We […]