|Configure IBM® Connections notifications to be sent from a specific SMTP server that is managed by WebSphere® Application Server. If the designated mail server is unavailable, then notification emails fail to be delivered.
Before you begin
Mail is configured as part of the installation process. Only perform this procedure if you did not enable mail during the installation or you want to change the mail configuration.
You can choose to configure notifications to be sent from a single SMTP or have IBM
Connections perform a lookup of multiple SMTP server to find one that is available to send the message. If you are interested in the latter configuration, see Sending mail from any available mail server
- Log into the IBM WebSphere Application Server Integrated Solutions Console.
- Expand Resources and select Mail -> Mail sessions.
- Select Cell scope, and then create a new session.
- Specify values for the following fields:
Specify IBM Connections Notification or another descriptive string.JNDI name
Specify mail/notification as the value of the JNDI name.
- Specify the following custom properties to define time outs that will prevent resources from being consumed in the event that the SMTP server is unavailable:
The time interval is specified in milliseconds. A value of 120,000 is two minutes.
Setting the property mail.smtp.sendpartial=true ensures that a message with some valid and some invalid email addresses will be sent, so that the valid email addresses will still receive the message. If set to false or not defined, an invalid email address will cause the message to not be sent to any email addresses.
- In the Outgoing Mail Properties section, specify the fully qualified host name or IP address of the SMTP server that you want to use in the Server field.
- Optional: If the SMTP server requires authentication, then provide values for the following fields:
User ID used to connect to the SMTP server.Password
Password associated with the user ID used to connect to the SMTP server.Verify Password
Repeat the password specified in the previous field.
- If the SMTP server requires traffic to be sent over SSL, then add the following customer properties, and then specify values for them by clicking the Custom properties link, and then clicking New:
Specifies the SMTP port number, which is often 465.mail.smtp.socketfactory.port
Specifies the SMTP port number, which is often 465.mail.smtp.socketfactory.class
Specifies the SSL socket factory class.mail.smtp.socketFactory.fallback
Specifies whether an unsecure connection can be made if SSL is not available. This property accepts the following values: true or false.
- Click OK, and then save your changes.
- Start the wsadmin client from the following directory of the system on which you installed the deployment manager:
You must start the client from this directory or subsequent commands that you try to run will not execute properly. See Starting the wsadmin client
for more details.
- Update the notification configuration file to indicate that you want to use a mail session managed by WebSphere Application Server.
- Use the following command to access the IBM Connections configuration files:
If prompted to specify a service to connect to, type 1 to pick the first node in the list. Most commands can run on any node. If the command writes or reads information to or from a file using a local file path, you must pick the node where the file is stored. This information is not used by the wsadmin client when you are making configuration changes.
- Check out the notification-config.xml file using the following command:
is a temporary directory and cell_name
is the WebSphere
Application Server cell to which you installed the application for which you are enabling mail. When you specify a path to the temporary directory on a system running Microsoft Windows
, use a forward slash for the directory. For example: "C:/temp".
only: The temporary directory must grant write permissions or the command will not run successfully.
- From the temporary directory to which you checked out the notification-config.xml file, open it in a text editor.
- Search for the <emailChannelConfig> element, and then uncomment the following line of XML markup if it is commented out:
- Comment out the <smtpJNDILookup> element if it is not already.
- Save and close the notification-config.xml file.
Note: You must check out and edit the same file in the procedure described in Enabling email notifications. If you plan to complete that procedure next, keep the notification-config.xml file open and checked out.
- Check in the configuration files using the following command:
- Stop and restart IBM Connections.
What to do next
You must complete the steps described in Enabling email notifications
before users can send and receive email notifications.
Parent topic: Configuring notifications
Starting the wsadmin client
Enabling email notifications