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 […]

Server Configuration

For some reason the demographics of exmsft.com tend towards the geeky – in other words people who are overly concerned with things like server configuration and the like. Fine. As of March, 2012 exmsft.com runs on a Virtual Private Server out at Storm on Demand, a division of Liquid Web. Since it’s virtual we actually […]

Signing up for an exmsft.com email address

Signing Up IMPORTANT: for a variety of reasons (expanded on here), we are no longer providing forwarding services. Instead, we can provide POP3 accounts with 50MB quotas. Configuration information is here. What you’re asking for To be clear, what you will be requesting is a new email address of the form: alias<at>exmsft.com where “alias” is your […]

The exmsft.com meltdown of 2012

If you’re wondering if exmsft.com had been having problems, you’re quite correct – it was. Emphasis on “was”. In the first half of March 2012 the original exmsft.com had a major and terminal meltdown. This is the completely new exmsft.com server, and at the same time a new volunteer owner: Leo Notenboom. As a result […]

Changing your POP login password and … WebMail!

Changing your password The accounts that are generated here come with a secure password. Since that’s been sent to you via email, it may be a good idea to change it. Go to https://exmsft.com:2096/ – you will get a big scary security warning from your browser that the server’s security certificate does not match the URL. That’s […]

POP3/SMTP account configuration

Follow these instructions carefully. They are not the default as recommended or pre-filled in by many email programs or services. These are the settings used for POP3 email accounts on exmsft.com. Mail Server Username: XXXX@exmsft.com – your full email address. Incoming Mail Server: exmsft.com port 110 (POP3) Outgoing Mail Server: exmsft.com (server requires authentication) port 25 Port 26 is […]

exmsft.com terms and full disclosure

exmsft.com is a free service to ex-Microsoft employees. As such there’s no guarantee of uptime, support, and so on. That’s not to say we don’t make our best efforts, we absolutely do – but we just can’t guarantee anything. 🙂 In the spirit of full disclosure, I’d recommend you have a look at this article […]