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Send email when new file is created in network folder

Hi in work we have a system that creates .tif documents and puts them into a folder if a reject happens for some reason. The folder is on our network eg. N:\Readsoft\Rejects

As it is at the moment people have to manually go in to this folder and check the rejects. Looking for a way to send an email each time a new document is created in the folder. Is This possible through SQL or VB.NET?

I had a stab at doing it through vb.net. I can retrieve the file names and the created date. So I could try and write some code for if the created date happen in the last x amount of hours. But wondering is there anyway I can get it to work when the file is created sort of like the way you can have a trigger on a database
Imports System.Net.Mail
Module SendEmail
    Sub Main()
        Dim Directory As New IO.DirectoryInfo("c:\test")
        Dim allFiles As IO.FileInfo() = Directory.GetFiles("*.*", IO.SearchOption.TopDirectoryOnly)
        Dim rejects As New ArrayList(2)
        For i = 0 To allFiles.Length - 1
        MsgBox("There are " & allFiles.Length & " Emails In The Rejects Folder. An Email Has been sent to The Appropriate supervisor")
        Dim SendTo(1) As String
        Dim FileAttach(2) As String
        Dim strSubject As String
        Dim strMessage As String
        SendTo(0) = "gdunbar@cook.ie"
        SendTo(1) = "gdunbar@cook.ie"
        FileAttach(0) = "c:\text.txt"
        FileAttach(1) = "c:\Othertext.txt"
        strSubject = "Email Subject"
        strMessage = "Email Messge Text" 'The body encoding is set to HTML 
        SendEmail.SendEmailMessage("fromsomeone@email.com", SendTo, strSubject, strMessage, FileAttach)
    End Sub
    Public Sub SendEmailMessage(ByVal strFrom As String, ByVal strTo() _
        As String, ByVal strSubject _
        As String, ByVal strMessage _
        As String, ByVal fileList() As String)
        'This procedure takes string array parameters for multiple recipients and files
            For Each item As String In strTo
                'For each to address create a mail message
                Dim MailMsg As New MailMessage(New MailAddress(strFrom.Trim()), New MailAddress(item))
                'MailMsg.BodyEncoding = Encoding.Default
                MailMsg.Subject = strSubject.Trim()
                MailMsg.Body = strMessage.Trim() & vbCrLf
                MailMsg.Priority = MailPriority.High
                MailMsg.IsBodyHtml = True
                'attach each file attachment
                For Each strfile As String In fileList
                    If Not strfile = "" Then
                        Dim MsgAttach As New Attachment(strfile)
                    End If
                'Smtpclient to send the mail message
                Dim SmtpMail As New SmtpClient
                SmtpMail.Host = ""
            'Message Successful
        Catch ex As Exception
            'Message Error
        End Try
    End Sub
End Module

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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
in vb.net, you can use the FileSystemWatcher component. see http://www.emoreau.com/Entries/Articles/2005/04/The-FileSystemWatcher-component.aspx
GlobexCorpAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply I've tried using the FileSystemWatcher class and it does the business my only problem with this however is that I need to check 8 folders. I don't seem to be able to do it for multiple folders is there any way I can do this with the FileSystemWatcher or could you suggest an alternative to do this without having to wrrite 8 applications thanks.
GlobexCorpAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the link on the filesystemwatcher I got it sorted now
Dim watchers As New ArrayList()
        For Each dir As String In watchers
            Dim FileSystemWatcher As New IO.FileSystemWatcher
            FileSystemWatcher.Path = dir
            FileSystemWatcher.Filter = "*.tif"
            FileSystemWatcher.NotifyFilter = (NotifyFilters.LastWrite Or _
                        NotifyFilters.FileName Or _
            AddHandler FileSystemWatcher.Created, AddressOf FSWHandler1
            AddHandler FileSystemWatcher.Changed, AddressOf FSWHandler1
            AddHandler FileSystemWatcher.Renamed, AddressOf FSWHandlerRename
            FileSystemWatcher.EnableRaisingEvents = True

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