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sysmail_add_account_sp (Transact-SQL)

Creates a new Database Mail account holding information about an SMTP account.

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sysmail_add_account_sp  [ @account_name = ] 'account_name',
    [ @email_address = ] 'email_address',
    [ [ @display_name = ] 'display_name', ]
    [ [ @replyto_address = ] 'replyto_address', ]
    [ [ @description = ] 'description', ]
    [ @mailserver_name = ] 'server_name' 
    [ , [ @mailserver_type = ] 'server_type' ]
    [ , [ @port = ] port_number ]
    [ , [ @username = ] 'username' ]
    [ , [ @password = ] 'password' ]
    [ , [ @use_default_credentials = ] use_default_credentials ]
    [ , [ @enable_ssl = ] enable_ssl ]
    [ , [ @account_id = ] account_idOUTPUT ]
[ @account_name = ] 'account_name'

The name of the account to add. account_name is sysname, with no default.

[ @email_address = ] 'email_address'

The e-mail address to send the message from. This address must be an internet e-mail address. email_address is nvarchar(128), with no default. For example, an account for SQL Server Agent may send e-mail from the address SqlAgent@Adventure-Works.com.

[ @display_name = ] 'display_name'

The display name to use on e-mail messages from this account. display_name is nvarchar(128), with a default of NULL. For example, an account for SQL Server Agent may display the name SQL Server Agent Automated Mailer on e-mail messages.

[ @replyto_address = ] 'replyto_address'

The address that responses to messages from this account are sent to. replyto_address is nvarchar(128), with a default of NULL. For example, replies to an account for SQL Server Agent may go to the database administrator, danw@Adventure-Works.com.

[ @description = ] 'description'

Is a description for the account. description is nvarchar(256), with a default of NULL.

[ @mailserver_name = ] 'server_name'

The name or IP address of the SMTP mail server to use for this account. The computer that runs SQL Server must be able to resolve the server_name to an IP address. server_name is sysname, with no default.

[ @mailserver_type = ] 'server_type'

The type of e-mail server. server_type is sysname, with a default of 'SMTP'..

[ @port = ] port_number

The port number for the e-mail server. port_number is int, with a default of 25.

[ @username = ] 'username'

The user name to use to log on to the e-mail server. username is nvarchar(128), with a default of NULL. When this parameter is NULL, Database Mail does not use authentication for this account. If the mail server does not require authentication, use NULL for the username.

[ @password = ] 'password'

The password to use to log on to the e-mail server. password is nvarchar(128), with a default of NULL. There is no need to provide a password unless a username is specified.

[ @use_default_credentials = ] use_default_credentials

Specifies whether to send the mail to the SMTP server using the credentials of the SQL Server Database Engine. use_default_credentials is bit, with a default of 0. When this parameter is 1, Database Mail uses the credentials of the Database Engine. When this parameter is 0, Database Mail sends the @username and @password parameters if present, otherwise sends mail without @username and @password parameters.

[ @enable_ssl = ] enable_ssl

Specifies whether Database Mail encrypts communication using Secure Sockets Layer. Enable_ssl is bit, with a default of 0.

[ @account_id = ] account_id OUTPUT

Returns the account id for the new account. account_id is int, with a default of NULL.

0 (success) or 1 (failure)

Database Mail provides separate parameters for @email_address, @display_name, and @replyto_address. The @email_address parameter is the address from which the message is sent. The @display_name parameter is the name shown in the From: field of the e-mail message. The @replyto_address parameter is the address where replies to the e-mail message will be sent. For example, an account used for SQL Server Agent may send e-mail messages from an e-mail address that is only used for SQL Server Agent. Messages from that address should display a friendly name, so recipients can easily determine that SQL Server Agent sent the message. If a recipient replies to the message, the reply should go to the database administrator rather than the address used by SQL Server Agent. For this scenario, the account uses SqlAgent@Adventure-Works.com as the e-mail address. The display name is set to SQL Server Agent Automated Mailer. The account uses danw@Adventure-Works.com as the reply to address, so replies to messages sent from this account go to the database administrator rather than the e-mail address for SQL Server Agent. By providing independent settings for these three parameters, Database Mail allows you to configure messages to suit your needs.

The @mailserver_type parameter is provided for flexibility in future releases. SQL Server 2005 and later supports the value 'SMTP' for @mailserver_type.

When @use_default_credentials is 1 mail is sent to the SMTP server using the credentials of the SQL Server Database Engine. When @use_default_credentials is 0 and a @username and @password are specified for an account, the account uses SMTP authentication. The @username and @password are the credentials the account uses for the SMTP server, not credentials for SQL Server or the network that the computer is on.

The stored procedure sysmail_add_account_sp is in the msdb database and is owned by the dbo schema. The procedure must be executed with a three-part name if the current database is not msdb.

Execute permissions for this procedure default to members of the sysadmin fixed server role.

The following example creates an account named AdventureWorks Administrator. The account uses the e-mail address dba@Adventure-Works.com and sends mail to the SMTP mail server smtp.Adventure-Works.com. E-mail messages sent from this account show AdventureWorks Automated Mailer on the From: line of the message. Replies to the messages are directed to danw@Adventure-Works.com.

EXECUTE msdb.dbo.sysmail_add_account_sp
    @account_name = 'AdventureWorks Administrator',
    @description = 'Mail account for administrative e-mail.',
    @email_address = 'dba@Adventure-Works.com',
    @display_name = 'AdventureWorks Automated Mailer',
    @mailserver_name = 'smtp.Adventure-Works.com' ;
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