July 2022 SSL Issues

Just to confirm for everyone experiencing this, there does seem to be an ongoing issue with the SSL cert used by the POP3 and SMTP services on this server. Specifically: There is a proper exmsft.com SSL certificate installed. (This web site is using it.) It’s supposed to automatically be used for the POP3 and SMTP […]

Some Additional Age & Space Limitations

So far the only age limitation that’s been actively enforced is that we automatically delete any spam older than 30 days. Depending on the spam flow I may tighten that down to 15 days, but for now it seems to be holding well. In reviewing my server’s disk usage, I’m planning on implementing two additional […]

We’re Losing Our Spam Filter — Again

1) You will soon be getting more spam in your exmsft.com email account. 2) Forwarders you’ve set up manually may stop working. What’s happening I’ve been informed by my hosting company that the front-end spam filter we’ve been using for some time is being discontinued in January 2018. There is no equivalent replacement planned. (They’re […]

FAQ: exmsft.com hosting alternatives

Whenever we run into a hiccup relating to exmsft.com mail delivery, spam filtering, quotas, or just about anything, I’m often the recipient of several well meaning “suggestions” about how exmsft.com should be handled. These are some of the most common, and the current status of each. For the discussion below realize that exmsft.com hosts just […]

“You are approaching quota” – Steps to take

Important: If you get this notification (see “notification sequence” below), you have roughly 48 hours to take some kind of action. I’m sorry that it’s that short, but if your account actually reaches quota the server starts bouncing email  that can have a negative impact on everyone else’s accounts and deliverability. If it’s not enough […]

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 […]


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 […]