Recipe for Beef Brisket in the Crockpot


  • 4 lb. Beef Brisket (trim fat, sprinkle black pepper, kosher salt, and then brown the brisket 5 minutes on each side in a frying pan using coconut oil or olive oil)
  • 10 Small Red Potatoes (first in the crockpot)
  • 4 carrots (cut in 2 inch pieces)
  • 2 Celery Stalks (cut in 2 inch pieces)
  • 1 large Spanish Yellow Onion (cut in eighths)
  • 1/2 lb. Mushrooms (thick sliced)
  • 1 cup Beef Broth
  • Add all vegetable ingredients to the crockpot and place the browned Brisket on top of the vegetables (last)
  • Cook covered in Crockpot on high for 5 hours
  • Remove some of the cooked broth to make gravy by stirring in either some corn starch or flour over low heat in a small sauce pan. Add a little and stir to dissolve and until gravy is desired consistency.







How to disable authenticated SMTP in MS Exchange 2003

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Aim of this article:

This article provides instructions on disabling authenticated delivery of e-mail over the SMTP protocol to a Microsoft Exchange 2003 Server, in order to prevent yourserver from being used as a relay for fraudulent e-mail.


Out of the box MS Exchange 2003 is not an open relay, but it can be used as a relay if the spammer has usernames and passwords for users on your network. This authenticated relay is the most common way that spammers get MS Exchange to send their junk.
In an ideal world this would not be a problem because users would have complex passwords that cannot be guessed by using brute force, continuously attempting log in using possible passwords until a valid one is found. However, users will use as easy to remember a password as they can, thus making brute force password guessing very effective.
By disabling authentication when not on the office network, even if a network password is known, spam cannot be sent through the Exchange server, although other services exposed to the Internet may be exploited – remote desktop etc.
Note: most smartphones do not use SMTP for sending and receiving e-mail so disabling aSMTP in this way should not affect remote employees that use their phones to access e-mail.

Accessing Virtual SMTP server Properties

On the Exchange server, open Server Management, then in the left hand trees view expand the following:
Advanced Management > Domainname (Exchange) > Servers > ServerName > Protocols > SMTP
Right click and select properties of the Default SMTP Virtual Server


Select Access from the tabs at the top, and then click the button named Relay

relay rest

The Relay Restrictions window should open. By default under the Add button, a checkbox will be ticked. This “Allow all computers…..” checkbox is what allows someone with a valid password to send mail through your server from anywhere on the Internet. Un-tick this box.
Next click the button named Users…


Ensure Authenticated Users only have Submit Permission ticked.
Selecting Relay Permission here will override removing the tick from the previous window.
To finish, click OK until all the properties boxes are closed.

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I am not sure whether it is necessary or advisable to grant relay access to the localhost at nor the local IP bind to the network interface of the 2k3 exchange server. In other words, if your exchange server is located at, for example, it might not be wise to grant that either. It is, however, important to grant access to the exchange smtp relay from any perimeter smart host that you may use to forward email to your exchange server on your LAN.


The smart host might have several separate email boxes:

user1 @
smart host configured to keep a copy of each msg received, and redirect each message to user1 @

On the other hand, you may merely set the smart host to receive all mail for and forward it to where the exchange server will sort the mail by account and deliver it to the appropriate mail box accounts.

Configure the MX records of both the perimeter smart host and the exchange server with the appropriate priorities.  The following, for example, will ensure that attempted delivery will be made first to the smart host (standard priority 10) and, if the smart host is offline, then secondary delivery will be made directly to the exchange server (priority 12).  MX 10 MX 12

Q — Will shutting off relay to anyone other than the smart host and the local.lan prevent reception of internet mail destined for delivery (secondary priority) on the local 2k3 exchange server?