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I like to send the email when the record in a table is inserted. the table will have the email address already.

should I use trigger in the table, never used it before, anyone provide some simple code to get me started.

yeah, i know, i will look into the sql help too, but i like to have people experience if i have problem understaning the sql help.

how to setup the email on the sql server as well.

Thanks
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Question by:chrislee8
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you may use SQL built in SQL Mail with stored procedures: xp_sendmail; but also external utility (ie: sendmail.exe)

use triggers for table as:
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CREATE TRIGGER reminder
ON titles
FOR INSERT
AS
   EXEC master..xp_sendmail 'MaryM',
      'Don''t forget to print a report for the distributors.'

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or xp_cmdshell
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CREATE TRIGGER reminder
ON titles
FOR INSERT
AS
   EXEC master..xp_cmdshell 'c:\sendmail.exe mary@hot.com "'Don''t forget to print a report for the distributors."'
--------------------------

hope it helps
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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As meos indicates, using the xp_cmdshell inside the trigger is the "simple" solution.
However, this has some disadvantages:
* the insert statment will be delayed if any problems appear during the mail send
* the mail send cannot be tracked
* the mail send cannot easily be configured

Thus, i do not send the email directly, but insert a short record in a working table (like "TODO_SENDEMAIL_REMINDER"), with has only the ID fields to the related table, a timestamp field and a flag saying if the email has been send...
To send the emails, you can still use xp_cmdshell, by running a job for example, looping on that table. Of course, you can also use some other external process and mailing tools...

CHeers
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