DirTeam Email: formerly a bug, now a feature

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We’re not arrogant people. We’re busy persons, but we tend to make time when someone asks us a question, sends us feedback, posts a trackback, writes a comment or proposes to work together on some blogging, speaking or book effort. So isn’t it ironic we haven’t been responding to email messages you’ve  been sending us?

It appears a while ago the website has lost its ability to send messages to the email addresses corresponding with the blogs. Actually nothing changed in the settings of the website, but something in the underlying plumbing changed. I’ve been investigating this issue for quite some while and got email messages to flow again.

Problem solved.



What this means for visitors

For visitors the changes are a more confronting, but actually make things easier.

  • Account activation now requires a valid email address
    Visitors now need to provide a valid email address when they register. I’ve enabled the email activation for new accounts again, so when registering a new account a temporary password is emailed to the email address provided. While this slows down the registration process, it also prohibits malicious people and scripts to register accounts without providing a valid email address. Of course the DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Webloggers have no malicious intent, so leaving your address will not result in unwanted email. (if one does, contact me personally! [H])
  • Password recovery is now possible again
    Registered visitors can now recover forgotten passwords. Although the button was always there it wasn’t actually getting messages through. Now it works again! Of course you’ll need to register with a valid email address in order for this functionality to work. When you use the button a link is sent to your email address. The link allows you to type in a new password.

The Community Server behind The DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs will not send your password in a message and will not ask for passwords in email messages.

  • Contacting bloggers is easier than ever!
    You’re far more likely to receive a message when you use the contact functionality on the DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs. You’re also far more likely to receive an answer to questions asked in the comments of blogposts. You could actually call it a sort of community now [;)]


What this means for bloggers

Solving this issue means the Community Server behind the DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs sends an e-mailmessage to a blogger when someone leaves a comment or trackback to a blogpost. The e-mail address used for these messages is adblogs@dirteam.com.

Please make sure you whitelist adblogs@dirteam.com when you want to receive a message when an event occurs. You can also make a rule in your favorite email client to perform a specific action when you receive a message from this address.

As a DirTeam.com / ActiveDir.org Weblogs you can change the settings. You can change whether you want to receive messages for feedback in Default Post Settings (change the Send me email notifications stuff) and the address used to receive messages in My Email Settings (change the Blog contact email address). There are also some tidbits in your profile that you can change.

Author: Sander Berkouwer

Sander Berkouwer is the author of the Active Directory Administration Cookbook, speaker and blogger at DirTeam.com and ServerCore.net. He is awarded Microsoft MVP, Veeam Vanguard and VMware vExpert. Since 2009, Microsoft has awarded Sander with the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award. Since 2016, Veeam has awarded Sander with the Veeam Vanguard award.

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