I have two SharePoint Foundation environments (a test and production) that are near identical in configurations. When I look at incoming email settings in both environments, they are the same (IIS6 Manager SMTP Settings). In the first environment, I can set the incoming email settings in Central Admin to use automatic settings and the libraries pick up attachments in the drop folder fine. The second environment, when setup with the same automatic settings option, will not. If I change to advanced and put the default drop folder location (e.g. C:\inetpub\drop) it works fine. If I change back to automatic, it stops working.

Is there any reason why an environment would not work with automatic settings but would with advanced?

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The incoming email handler for SharePoint has never really been all that great. This is not an uncommon issue and Microsoft doesn't really have any documentation why.

The setup requires the IIS 6 SMTP Management stuff to be installed (I would check that first). Secondly, I would walk through all the configuration steps in the TechNet guide to make sure something wasn't overlooked. 2013: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262947.aspx, 2010: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262947(v=office.14).aspx

  • My infrastructure counterpart is convinced that the two environments are identical. But I am sure there is some difference in IIS6 or SMTP settings that is causing this annoying difference. It is not broken - just not the same across the environments. Thanks for the reply.
    – JuanTrev
    Commented Nov 7, 2013 at 21:05

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