Issue has been identified as being related to plesk, and modifying the user.ini, under the PHP
heading. Resolution of the email issue was achieved using a relay server, and modifying the
SMTP value in the user.ini (plesk/iis) to point to my desired server, and enabling header spoofing
in the email config, and using the relay server instead of gmail.
I appreciate your help on this matter, the combination of problems made this a challenge.
Right now the system is stable running 10.1 and I have 10.4 in another folder ready to test,
and support team would like to look at 11 as well.