How to unblock a user
Problem reported by Souhil Benammour - 3/15/2016 at 4:00 PM
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I cannot find anywhere a way to unblock a user. The only I found was to restart the mail service

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Andrea Rogers Replied
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Hey Souhil,
 
What kind of block are you referring to? Too many login attempts and blocked from logging in? Are they blocked on SMTP? 
 
Thanks,

Andrea Rogers
SmarterTools Inc.
877-357-6278

www.smartertools.com

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Souhil Benammour Replied
they are outgoing emails blocked for an account 
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Andrea Rogers Replied
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Try this: Log in as the System Admin and click on the Security icon. Expand the Advanced Settings folder in the navigation pane and click SMTP Blocking. Do you see the user's address or domain in this list? 

Andrea Rogers
SmarterTools Inc.
877-357-6278

www.smartertools.com

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Souhil Benammour Replied
I tried that but the list was empty
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Andrea Rogers Replied
Employee Post
Thanks for the follow up. What steps were taken to that initially got the user blocked? If you can provide as much detail as possible, it'll be easier to troubleshoot how to resolve this. 

Andrea Rogers
SmarterTools Inc.
877-357-6278

www.smartertools.com

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Souhil Benammour Replied
The user was blocked by the Abuse detection tool that was set for the number of bounces. The account that was blocked did sent some emails that were bounced back, resulting on the blockage of account. When I tried to unblock the user, I couldn't see anywhere in any list and my only option was to delete the rule from the abuse detection and restart the smartermail service 
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Andrea Rogers Replied
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Hi Souhil!
 
In the future, you should be able to unblock the user from the Current IDS Blocks list. To see this list, click on the Manage icon and expand the Current IDS Blocks folder. Then click on All Blocks. You can manually delete the block from this list. Otherwise they will remain blocked for the time specified in the Time to Block setting of the Abuse Detection rule. 

Andrea Rogers
SmarterTools Inc.
877-357-6278

www.smartertools.com

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Souhil Benammour Replied
I did look in the Current IDS Blocks and the list was empty
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Andrea Rogers Replied
Employee Post
Interesting... What time did you have set for the Time to Block on the Abuse Detection rule? 

Andrea Rogers
SmarterTools Inc.
877-357-6278

www.smartertools.com

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Souhil Benammour Replied
It was set to 2000 minutes
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Andrea Rogers Replied
Employee Post
Unfortunately, I'm not sure what could have caused this, Souhil. In the future, if a user is blocked by the bounce abuse detection rule, but they don't show on the Current IDS Blocks list, please consider submitting a ticket to our support department so they can help unblock the user and determine why he's not appearing on the list. 

Andrea Rogers
SmarterTools Inc.
877-357-6278

www.smartertools.com

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Souhil Benammour Replied
Ok, I will. But this time I couldn't wait for a ticket, I had to take care of it myself
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Bruce Barnes Replied
It's not the user being blocked, but the user's IP address. Get the IP address and search fot that. CAUTION: If the user is being repeatedly blocked, there's probably a more serious issue with either the user's client, e-mail account, or network Since this is a recurring block, it appears that someone is deliberately trying to hack your SmarterMail server. So be very careful about whitelisting the IP address, or you may create much larger problems for you other users and server.
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Souhil Benammour Replied
The issue is not with the ip address, the reason is the customer application I'm hosting is monitored and I received an alert stating of a bounce alert. He then told me his email was being blocked. When I tried to unblock it, I had all the issues above.
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Michael Replied
Perhaps being blocked by a threshold rule. ie. sending too many messages per hour. I think only way is to restart the SM service.
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Souhil Benammour Replied
If the only option is to restart the service, this is very bad. 
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Doreen Jones Replied
I would love to see an option in the Current IDS Blocks folder that shows the date and time of the block. If a customer locks himself out he won't know his IP unless I tell him how to find it.

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