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sending and receiving emails from SQL server?

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How can I set up sending and receiving email in SQL server mail? How does it work? how can I understand the processes?

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by:Ryan McCauley
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SQL Server can't receive emails (not directly, anyway - you need something like Biztalk to receive them and write it to a database table), but you can send outgoing mail with SQL Server using DBMail.

This article walks you though configuring it and sending messages, as well as following up to ensure they were delivered:

http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2008/08/23/sql-server-2008-configure-database-mail-send-email-from-sql-database/
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Please see code from my solution for sending HTML email at:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Office_Productivity/Groupware/Outlook/Q_26826472.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+30+dbmail+send+sp

To send query output as attachemnt:

eclare @report_file_name varchar(30),
            @sql varchar(max),
            @emailbody varchar(4000)
      
      set @sql = N'SET NOCOUNT ON
                        SELECT whatever FROM whatever_table WHERE whatever'

      SET @report_file_name = 'file_list_at_' + convert(varchar(10),getdate(), 112) + '.txt'
      SET @emailbody = 'Here is the list you wanted as today(yyyy.mm.dd):  '+ convert(varchar(10),getdate(), 102)
      EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail
            @profile_name = 'Mail Profile', -- mail profile here
            @recipients='user@mail.com',
            @subject = 'This is a TEST email',
            @body = @emailbody,
            @body_format = 'TEXT',
            @query = @sql,
            @attach_query_result_as_file = 1,
            @execute_query_database = 'YourDB', -- your database name here
            @query_attachment_filename = @report_file_name,
            @query_result_header = 1,
            @query_result_no_padding = 1,
            @query_result_separator = '      ',
            @query_result_width = 1000;

To send attachmet only:

      EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail
            @profile_name = 'Mail Profile', -- mail profile here
            @recipients='user@mail.com',
            @subject = 'Your image file has arrived...',
            @body = 'Here is your image file - see attached',
            @body_format = 'TEXT',
            @file_attachments = 'E:\PicturesFolder\Pic1.jpg';
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Thank you!
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