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  1. #1
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    Unanswered: mail client and dts send mail task

    Hi,

    Is it required to have microsoft outlook client up-and-running to send mail from dts package?

    I have a dts package which send email if job fail or success. will it work fine if someone by mistek close outlook client running on server?

    please reply.

    Ram.

  2. #2
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    No, the outlook client does not have to be running to use send-mail in a dts package.

    The outlook client needs to be installed on the server and the profile needs to be created for the user context that will be running the dts package.

    Here is where the confusion typically lies. When you run a DTS package interactively, the security context is who-ever you are logged in as. As such, it is relatively easy to debug. What most people don't understand is that if the DTS package is running based on some automated feature (timer, or another application starting it) the DTS package typically runs under the SQL Agent ID (Check the logon-id of the user that starts SQL Agent in control panel Services). You will need to use a specific ID, rather than system. This is because to use SQL Mail, you will have to interactively log-on as that user and configure outlook. Once you have done that, the SQL Agent will be able to send and receive e-mail without you being logged in.

    Good luck.

  3. #3
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    Originally posted by rmillman
    No, the outlook client does not have to be running to use send-mail in a dts package.

    The outlook client needs to be installed on the server and the profile needs to be created for the user context that will be running the dts package.

    Here is where the confusion typically lies. When you run a DTS package interactively, the security context is who-ever you are logged in as. As such, it is relatively easy to debug. What most people don't understand is that if the DTS package is running based on some automated feature (timer, or another application starting it) the DTS package typically runs under the SQL Agent ID (Check the logon-id of the user that starts SQL Agent in control panel Services). You will need to use a specific ID, rather than system. This is because to use SQL Mail, you will have to interactively log-on as that user and configure outlook. Once you have done that, the SQL Agent will be able to send and receive e-mail without you being logged in.

    Much thanks for your reply. explains me how dts send email . nothing to do with up-and-running mail client . it sends email internally useing agent.
    cool.

    Good luck.

  4. #4
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    There's a great email extended procedure you can get that will allow you to send email without installing the outlook client on all your SQL servers. You can go this link for details: http://sqldev.net/xp/xpsmtp.htm

    We have implemented this at LexisNexis by writing a wrapper procedure that calls the extended procedure. This provides a higher level security. You can call this from within a DTS package or via a job step within a scheduled job. We've been using this for quiet awhile with great success in all our maintenance plans for backups.

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