A Database Mail account contains the information that SQL Server uses to send e-mail messages to an SMTP server. Each account contains information for one e-mail server.
A Database Mail account is only used for Database Mail. A Database Mail account does not correspond to a SQL Server account or a Microsoft Windows account. When creating a Database Mail account, you must use the security model required by your SMTP server. Database Mail supports three methods of authentication:
Database Mail can connect to the SMTP server using the credentials as the SQL Server Database Engine service.
Database Mail can connect to the SMTP server using a user name and password provided solely for authentication with the e-mail server.
Database Mail can communicate with the SMTP server anonymously.
If your SMTP e-mail server requires authentication, consider creating a user on that server specifically for Database Mail. This user should have minimal permissions, and should not be used for any other purpose.
Type a description of the account. The description is optional.
Type the name of the e-mail address for the account. This is the e-mail address that e-mail is sent from. For example, an account for SQL Server Agent may send e-mail from the address SqlAgent@Adventure-Works.com.
Type the name to show on e-mail messages sent from this account. The display name is optional. This is the name displayed on messages sent from this account. For example, an account for SQL Server Agent may display the name SQL Server Agent Automated Mailer on e-mail messages.
Type the e-mail address that will be used for replies to e-mail messages sent from this account. The reply e-mail is optional. For example, replies to an account for SQL Server Agent may go to the database administrator, danw@Adventure-Works.com.
Type the name or IP address of the SMTP server the account uses to send e-mail. Typically this is in a format similar to smtp.<your_company>.com. For help with this, consult your mail administrator.
Type the port number of the SMTP server for this account. Most SMTP servers use port 25.
This server requires a secure connection (SSL)
Encrypts communication using Secure Sockets Layer. To use this option, you must have a certificate installed for SQL Server.
Windows Authentication using Database Engine service credentials
Connection is made to the SMTP server using the credentials configured for the SQL Server Database Engine.
Specify a user name and password required by the SMTP server, other than the credentials of the SQL Server Database Engine.
Type the user name that Database Mail uses to log in to the SMTP server. The user name is required if the SMTP server requires authentication.
Type the password that Database Mail uses to log in to the SMTP server. The password is required if the SMTP server requires authentication.
Type the password again to confirm the password. The password is required if the SMTP server requires authentication.
Mail is sent to the SMTP server without login credentials. Use this option when the SMTP server does not require authentication.