The SendMail sample demonstrates how you can use the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) adapter to send e-mail messages from within a Microsoft BizTalk Server orchestration. Dynamic information used to send the e-mail messages is retrieved from an XML message using property promotion functionality.

What This Sample Does

This sample sends an e-mail message using information obtained from properties promoted out of an incoming XML purchase order (PO) message, using the following sequence of steps:

  1. The BizTalk Server orchestration retrieves an input XML PO message.

  2. The BizTalk Server orchestration promotes the PONumber and Email properties for easier access in the future.

  3. The BizTalk Server orchestration uses the values of the promoted properties to set the destination address of the dynamic send port and to set the subject of the e-mail message.

  4. The BizTalk Server orchestration sends the constructed e-mail message through the SMTP adapter.

Where to Find This Sample

<Samples Path>\AdaptersUsage\SendMail\

The following table shows the files in this sample and describes their purpose.

File(s) Description
AssemblyInfo.cs, SendMail.btproj, SendMail.sln Provides project, solution, and assembly information files for this sample.
Cleanup.bat Undeploys assemblies and removes them from the global assembly cache (GAC); removes send and receive ports; removes Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) virtual directories as needed.
PropertySchema.xsd, PurchaseOrder.xsd Provides schemas for the properties that you want to promote, and for the XML PO message, respectively.
ReceiveSend.odx Provides a BizTalk Server orchestration that processes the incoming XML PO message and sends an e-mail message based on information in the message.
SendMailInput.xml Contains a sample input file with a PO specified using XML.
Setup.bat Builds and initializes this sample. Note: This setup file creates and binds ports, and so on, using a different mechanism than most of the setup files for the SDK samples. It does not require a companion .xml file.

To build and initialize this sample

  1. In a command window, navigate to the following folder:

    <Samples Path>\AdaptersUsage\SendMail

  2. Run the file Setup.bat, which performs the following actions:

    • Creates the following input folder for this sample:

      <Samples Path>\AdaptersUsage\SendMail\In

    • Compiles the Visual Studio project for this sample.

    • Starts the BizTalk Server orchestration.


      You should confirm that BizTalk did not report any errors during the build and initialization process before attempting to run this sample.


      If you choose to open and build the project in this sample without running the file Setup.bat, you must first create a strong name key pair using the .NET Framework Strong Name Utility (sn.exe). Use this key pair to sign the resulting assembly.


      To undo changes made by Setup.bat, run Cleanup.bat and delete all receive and send ports prefixed with SendMail_1.0.0.0_Microsoft.Samples.BizTalk.SendMail. You must run Cleanup.bat before running Setup.bat a second time.

  3. In the BizTalk Server Administration console, locate the receive port prefixed by SendMail_1.0.0.0_Microsoft.Samples.BizTalk.SendMail. Update the receive location for this receive port to point to a directory on your file system to use as the input location.

  4. Using a program such as Notepad, modify the file SendMailInput.xml so that the Email element specifies a legitimate e-mail address at which you want to receive the e-mail message generated by this sample.

  5. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Microsoft BizTalk Server 20xx, and then click BizTalk Server Administration.

  6. In the BizTalk Server Administration console, expand the BizTalk Group tree.

  7. Expand the Platform Settings tree in the left pane.

  8. Expand the Adapters folder, click the SMTP node, and then double-click the SMTP adapter row in the right pane.

  9. In the SMTP - Adapter Handler Properties dialog box, click Properties.

  10. In the SMTP Transport Properties dialog box, on the Properties tab, provide appropriate values for the SMTP server name and From (e-mail address) properties, and then click OK.

    These values will be used to construct the From e-mail address for any e-mail messages sent through this SMTP adapter.


    If you need to authenticate with your SMTP server, you must ensure that the From e-mail address belongs to the same account that you use for authentication.

  11. Stop and then restart the BizTalk service (BizTalkServerApplication) so that the orchestration will adopt these changes.

To run this sample

  1. Put a copy of the modified file SendMailInput.xml into the input folder.

  2. Observe the arrival of an e-mail message to the e-mail address you specified in the previous procedure.

See Also

Adapter Samples - Usage