Activate SMTP service on the iSeries system to send e-mails

Site expert Ken Graap shares this cheat sheet to activate SMTP service on the iSeries system to send e-mails.

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Site expert Ken Graap shares this cheat sheet to activate SMTP service on the iSeries system to send e-mails.

Activate SMTP service on the iSeries system to send e-mails. Your iSeries system can be used to send e-mails to your e-mail server. To do this using the Send Distribution (SNDDST) command, follow this procedure. The sender of the e-mails must be a local SNADS user.

1. Enter command CFGTCP
2. Choose option "20. Configure TCP/IP applications"
3. Choose option "12. Configure SMTP"
4. Choose option "3. Change SMTP attributes"
5. Set value "Autostart server . . . . . . . . *YES"

Automatic registration . . . . . *NO
User ID prefix . . . . . . . . QSM
Address . . . . . . . . . . . QSMRMTAD
System name . . . . . . . . TCPIP
Alias table type . . . . . . . *SYSTEM
Mail router . . . . . . . . . . 'mymailserver@company.com'

('mymailserver@company.com' is the DNS name of your mail server, please check first locally which DNS name and TCP/IP address you'll have to use.)

The local mail server DNS name and IP Address has in any case to be added into the local iSeries TCP/IP Host table using command CFGTCP and option 10. Work with TCP/IP host table entries.

In our configuration we've added Internet address 111.11.111.111 with Host

Name 'mymailserver@company.com'

6. Add following 2 entries in the Directory Entries table:

ADDDIRE USRID(INTERNET GATEWAY)
USRD('Context switching entry')
SYSNAME(TCPIP)
MSFSRVLVL(*USRIDX)
PREFADR(NETUSRID *IBM ATCONTXT)

ADDDIRE USRID(QSMTPDMY QSMTPSYS)
USRD('QSMTP user')
SYSNAME(TCPIP)
MSFSRVLVL(*USRIDX)

7. For each DIRE user you want to send an e-mail to, change his entry using command (here an example for my own profile on system BASLE.)

CHGDIRE USRID(USERNAME BASEL)
USER(USERNAME)
NETUSRID('USERNAME BASEL')
USRDFNFLD((SMTPAUSRID SMTP 'firstname.lastname') (SMTPDMN SMTP 'company.com'))
MSFSRVLVL(*SYSMS) PREFADR(*SMTP)

firstname.lastname is the part from your email address before the "@" character company.com is the part from your email address after the "@" character

8. Use command CHGTCPDMN to set
* HOSTNAME to BASEL (BASEL is an example; enter your system name here.)
* DMNNAME to company.com (company.com is an example; enter here your company domain name.)

To send an e-mail use the following command:

SNDDST TYPE(*MSG)
TOUSRID((USERNAME BASEL))
z DSTD('Description text')
MSG('Message text')

To send e-mails to users not defined in WRKDIRE change once the Distribution Attributes using this command:

CHGDSTA SMTPRTE(INTERNET GATEWAY)

Up to now, you can use following command (Information type has to be set to *LMSG) to send directly to an Internet address:

SNDDST TYPE(*LMSG)
TOINTNET(('reciepient email address'))
DSTD('Description text')
MSG('Message text')
LONGMSG('Long message text')

Be aware to stop and restart the SMTP Server using:

* ENDTCPSVR SERVER(*SMTP)
* STRTCPSVR SERVER(*SMTP)

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