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How To Send Mail Using SQL Server: Part 1

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25 Nov 2014CPOL2 min read
In this article, we are going to learn the concept of mail sending using SQL Server.


There are three parts for this tutorial:

Step 1

Log in to SQL Server 2008 with a correct user name and password.

Step 2

Expand the Management tab, then select SQL Server Logs, then right-click on Database Mail, then select Configure Database Mail.


Step 3

The following window appears:


Click Next.

Step 4

Select the Set up Database Mail by performing the following tasks: radio button.


Step 5

Click Next, then a confirmation box appears; click OK on that.


Step 6

When you click OK, then write the profile name description and click on Add.


Step 7

Then, a new window appears where you provide your profile name and configure Outgoing Mail Server(SMTP) then click Basic authentication and provide your email id and password then click OK.


Step 8

Then in the new window, it will show your profile, check that and click Next.


Step 9

Then in the new window, the Configure System Parameters description is shown.


Step 10

Click Next. It will show a confirmation about your profile; click Finish.


Step 11

Now the email service has been configured, click Close.


Step 12

Send a test email by right-clicking on database mail and click Send Test E-Mail.


Step 13

Provide the Test Email Id and click On Send Test E-Mail. Then check your mail to see if you got the mail. Enjoy!!



After the Account and the Profile are created successfully, we need to configure the Database Mail. To configure it, we need to enable the Database Mail XPs parameter using the sp_configure Stored Procedure, as shown here:

sp_CONFIGURE 'show advanced', 1
sp_CONFIGURE 'Database Mail XPs', 1

Output Message

The Configuration option "show advanced options" changed from 0 to 1. Run the RECONFIGURE statement to install.

The configuration option "Database Mail XPs" changed from 1 to 1. Run the RECONFIGURE statement to install.

Use the following query to send mail using query:

Send Mail Query

USE msdb;--Must Use msdb database, otherwise you will get error.

EXEC sp_send_dbmail @profile_name='MyTestMail',
@subject='My Test Mail Service.',
@body='Database Mail Received Successfully.'

This is the body of this message.


If you are using a database other than msdb, then use a stored procedure like msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail. The log can be checked in sysmail_log table as shown below:

SELECT * FROM sysmail_mailitems
SELECT * FROM sysmail_log
select * from sysmail_log


In this illustration, you learned about configuring and sending mail using SQL Server 2008. Please provide your valuable comments about this article.


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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Manish Kumar Choudhary is a passionate and pragmatic software engineer specializing in web application development with ASP.NET MVC, Web API, Entity Framework, NHibernet, Angular, Backbone, HTML5, and CSS. He started programming at the age of twelve on VB.Net and fell in love with it. His dream at the time was to become a software engineer so he pursues programming both academically and professionally. He has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Application and a Master of Science in Computer Application. He has over 3.5 years’ professional experience developing web applications. Outside the software world, he enjoys photography, swimming, cricket and football. Manish is based in Hyderabad, India.

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