So you know.  Configuring SMTP for sending emails is a bit tricky with secure connections.  See below for correct config in the config.production.json file:

"mail": {
"transport": "SMTP",
"from": "'Mickey Mouse' xxxxx@probablynotinteresting.com",
"options": {
"host": "ms.xxx.com",
"port": 587,
"secureConnection": false,
"requiresAuth": true,
"tls": {
"ciphers": "SSLv3"
},
"auth": {
"user": "this_wont_work@probablynotinteresting.com",
"pass": "xxxxxxx"
}
}
},

For others having problems..