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XIMS: Default Directories Created by Internet Information Server SMTP Installation

Article ID: 250040

Article Last Modified on 1/27/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q250040


After you install the SMTP Protocol Stack for Windows 2000, five new subfolder are created under the Mailroot folder for message processing. The default location of the Mailroot folder is root:\Inetpub\Mailroot, but you can designate a different location during setup.


The five new subfolders are:

  • Badmail

Stores undeliverable messages that cannot be returned to the sender.

  • Drop

Receives all incoming messages for all of the domains hosted on the computer. You can assign any directory to be the Drop directory, except one that has already been designated as the Pickup directory.

  • Pickup

Processes outgoing messages that are created as text files and copied to the directory. When properly formatted Request for Comments (RFC) 822 messages are copied into the Pickup directory, the SMTP Service initiates delivery.

  • Queue

Holds messages for delivery. If a message cannot be delivered because the connection is busy or down, the message is stored in the queue and sent again at designated intervals.

  • SortTemp

The SortTemp directory, stores temporary files.

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