Setting up a SMTP service in Microsoft Azure

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I am part of a project team that is building a custom Windows 8 application that is leveraging Microsoft Azure.

 

 

My project role is multi-tenant infrastructure architect.  This role curtails:

  • Infrastructure as a service design.  To maximize performance while balancing cost in Microsoft Azure.
  • To perform a detail security analysis on all points of data in motion and data at rest.

One of my task items on the project is to come up with a SMTP solution.  My first thought as a system administrator is to leverage a virtual server and enable SMTP as a service.

However, my thinking is changing with the times.  J  Now there are apps for system administrators.

So I looked in the Azure store and found SendGrid.  After doing some internet searches; there have been positive comments about this SMTP application.

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I have activated this application in my Azure subscription. Below are my steps.

Open up the Azure Dashboard, click New, select Store and then choose SendGrid from the App Services Add-ons list.

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We will not be sending over 25,000 emails a month so the free subscription will fit our current business needs.

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The subscription will be tied in with your monthly billing.

I welcome any feedback.

~ Tony Maddin ~

 

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