SOLIDWORKS PDM SMTP Notifications using Email Relay

Article by Samony Riyaz updated November 29, 2020

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SOLIDWORKS PDM Professional has the functionality to configure SOLIDWORKS PDM to send notifications through the default database message system or an SMTP mail server. Whereas SOLIDWORKS PDM Standard supports only the default database message system. But how do we setup the SMTP Server using an Email Proxy Application? That will be addressed in this article.

Why would I need to use an Email Relay?

There are multiple third party applications available to use as an email proxy, this article will highlight only ONE of the many open source application that will act as the proxy to forward emails from one server to another.

It is the responsibility of users to setup and troubleshoot setup of the Mail Proxy Server.

Setting up the Email Relay

  1. Download and Extract the Email Relay Application
  2. Run the “EmailRelay-Setup.exe” file
  3. Configure the Installation per the Screenshots below
  • Installation Directories:
emailrelay Installation Directories

emailrelay Installation Directories

  • Installation Type:
emailrelay Setup

emailrelay Setup

  • SMTP Server
emailrelay SMTP Server Setup

emailrelay SMTP Server Setup

  • SMTP Client
emailrelay SMTP Client Setup

emailrelay SMTP Client Setup

  • Logging
emailrelay Logging

emailrelay Logging

  • Connections
emailrelay Connections Setup

emailrelay Connections Setup

  • Server Startup
emailrelay Server Startup

emailrelay Server Startup

  • Complete the Setup
  • In the installation directory you will find couple of BAT files. You want to use “emailrelay-start-with-logfile.bat” to start the application.

Configuring SOLIDWORKS PDM to use the Specified SMTP Server

The settings for configuring the SMTP Mail Server within the Administration tool can be found on the SOLIDWORKS Help documentation: Configuring the Message System

If the e-mail messages fail to be forwarded using the E-MailRelay system, check the spool directory for files with a .bad suffix. The reason for failure will be recorded within the envelope file.

SOLIDWORKS PDM Training

Javelin offers various SOLIDWORKS PDM training courses which cover all the new additions and features such as searching within the vault. PDM Administrator training covers topics such as this in great detail and ample examples and exercises are provided for PDM administrators to familiarize themselves with new additions to SOLIDWORKS PDM.

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