Error '503 This mail server requires authentication'


Users are able to send emails to local domains and addresses but are unable to send email to any external address. The server returns the message:

503 This mail server requires authentication when attempting to send to a non-local e-mail address. Please check your mail client settings or contact your administrator to verify that the domain or address is defined for this server.


Possible causes:

  • Email client is not configured for SMTP authentication and the server is
  • Firewall or email proxy software is preventing SMTP authentication from occurring
  • Email client has incorrect credentials configured or does not match server settings


Relay settings are defined under the properties of the SMTP connector in the MailEnable Administration program. The default setting is to only allow relay for authenticated senders. This requires that email clients have SMTP authentication enabled. This is done in Microsoft Outlook by the enabling the 'My server requires authentication' option for the account. Other email clients may have this worded differently. You can also add the connecting IP address to the list of addresses which are allowed to relay in the SMTP Relay options.


How to test if the server is secured from abuse (Open Relay Test):

What is mail relaying?:

How does MailEnable determine who can relay?:

Product:MailEnable (All Versions)
Class:ERR: Product Error
Created:16/06/2003 1:41:00 AM
Revised:Wednesday, May 4, 2016