SMTP Server removed in Windows Server 2025

Copper Contributor

SMTP Server as been removed from Roles and Features of the new release preview of windows server 2025 version 23H2 build 26040.
Is there any alternative way to setup SMTP Server on Windows Server 2025?
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So far as I can tell, the answer is NO. There is no way to install the MS SMTP service on Server 2025. Sadly, someone at MSFT forgot how useful this is to many of us and has removed it with no consultation.,
It's been a deprecated feature since WS2012....The writing has been on the wall, and because of the preview you know ahead of GA that it's not going to be there anymore. WS2022 still supports it and will be around for quite a while yet, so it's not like there won't be a supported way as soon as WS2025 is released. But time to start looking at alternatives like linux postfix if you want on-prem still, or using Exchange Onine, Azure Communication Services or SendGrid