“You are approaching quota” – Steps to take

I try to keep an eye on accounts that are approaching their 50MB quota, and I’ll try and send out a warning if it appears you’re on track to reach it – usually at the 40MB point for most accounts. When an account reaches its quota, I delete it so as to prevent “mailbox full” […]

Quotas and Spam and Bounces, Oh My!

A reminder that the published quota or available storage for email on exmsft.com is 50 megabytes per account. Supported usage is that you download your email to your own email program or another email service using POP3, thus removing it from the exmsft.com server. Accounts that exceed their quota cause bounces, and those bounces — […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]