I must admit I have installed around fifty forums in my career but this is my first time actually using one other than testing for function. I was not expecting anyone to actually reply so thanks!
The server in question is running windows server 2012 64 bit.
When I first walked into this project my predecessors were running three different versions of apache inside IIS. And I am not entirely sure how they got anything to work at all.
I cleaned it up to the best of my ability, but I have no prior experience with windows server.
After getting rid of the apache mess I started with a fresh xampp installation here is what I have so far..
Apache 2.4.10(32 bit)
Joomla! 3.4.1 Stable [ Ember ] 21-March-2015 20:30 GMT
Joomla Platform 13.1.0 Stable [ Curiosity ] 24-Apr-2013 00:00 GMT
I installed both joomla and moodle apps from bitnami and successfully configured joomdle to display our moodle content in joomla.
At one point in my desperation I "attempted" to get mercury up and running. quickly realized that was over my head.
I also tried to set up smtp on the windows server again "attempted" it was over my head. It should be noted that the mail functions were not working before I screwed with mercury and smtp...
I also was digging around and discovered that mcaffe could be the problem by naturally trying to prevent mass mailing worms. so I added exceptions for both apache and httpd.conf which according to the security logs is what was being blocked every time I attempted to send the forms. Alas that did not fix the problem.
The form itself is inside joomla I attempted a component call form maker. when that didn't work I used chronoforms which I know to be tried and true. Nothing. I have attempted several tests using various scripts and even a plugin to test the functionality of the mail function. As far as I can tell the scripts are working as they should be. the problem seems to be what happens to the "mail" in transit. (after it leaves my website.)
Anything you may need let me know. I am humbled that anyone would be willing to help. I was also shocked that there seems to be know information about anyone having this problem anywhere. similar in nature but not remotely close.