To enable Telligent Community to send or receive email, navigate to Administration > Site > Email Options:
This form provides all of the configuration to connect Telligent Community to your email service provider:
- Enable Email - Enable email for the community. If disabled, no email will be sent from the community.
- Enable Email Digest - Enables registered users to receive a daily and weekly group email digest of group activity.
- Notification From Email Address - Specify the email address of your community, which is a no-reply address users see when they receive email notifications from the community.
- Email Domain - Specify the site domain name that all email addresses will be used in, such as "mysite.com."
- Email Encoding - Specify the character encoding format used for email messages. The default format is utf-8 and is recommended.
- Email Subject Encoding - Specify the character encoding format used for email subjects. The default format is utf-8 and is recommended.
- SMTP Server - The SMTP server host or IP that you use to send mail for your site.
- Email Timeout - Time, in milliseconds, to wait before a timeout occurs when sending email.
- Email logo - Navigate to a file or revert to the default image.
- Use SMTP over SSL - Enable an SSL connection with your SMTP server.
- Use Windows Integrated Authentication - The current process security context is used to authenticate with the service.
- SMTP Server Login Required - Enable to require a login for the SMTP server.
- SMTP Server Loginname - If required, specify the SMTP server login name.
- SMTP Server Password - If required, specify the SMTP server password.
- SMTP Port Number - If required, specify the port number used for sending SMTP mail.
- Enable Mail Gateway - Enable or disable mail gateway for the site. Mail gateway enables the community to read incoming email as requests to add content to the site, for example, for integrating forum threads with email or for enabling blog posting by email. See additional considerations for mail gateway below.
- Max attachment size (in bytes) - Allows up to this size in bytes.
- Enable message header logging - When enabled, incoming email information is logged in the event log.
Click Save to apply the settings.
The mail gateway functionality enables Telligent Community to read incoming email against a "catch all" email address and associate incoming email to actions within the community such as new threads or replies in forums or new blogs posts. The setup of mail gateway requires the ability to create a catch all email address and to configure the job that collects incoming email.
Telligent Community has a few ways to configure incoming email:
- Create a catch-all mailbox on your mail server that receives all Telligent Community messages. This is often based on domain. For example, if the community’s domain is community.website.com, then a catch-all mailbox could be set up to receive any email sent to *@community.website.com. That mailbox needs to be added to Telligent Community's configuration by clicking Add New Mailbox on Administration > Site > Email Options. Telligent Community will then read and process emails in that inbox.
- If your email server doesn’t support catch-all, you can use the IIS SMTP function as a catch-all.
To install the SMTP server on the job server, you will also need to ensure you have the IIS 8 management console installed from the role services for the Web Server (IIS) Role. To install the SMTP server from IIS8, open the IIS Manager, navigate to Features, and choose Add Feature. Select the SMTP Server feature.
To configure it, go to the Start Menu and under Administration Tools and choose "Internet Information Services Manager." Expand the sidebar and you will see SMTP Virtual Server. Open its properties by right-clicking on it and going to Properties. First, ensure it is configured to use the IP Address for the domain (groups.company.com in our case).
Next, go to the Domains item in the sidebar under the SMTP Virtual Server. The default entry likely corresponds to the computer's name. If it isn't the subdomain for Telligent, then go to Actions, New, Domain and create a new Alias entry for the Telligent subdomain. This will allow it to receive email for both the default name, and the Telligent subdomain.
Finally, open up the options on the default domain entry and take note of the drop directory setting. This is the location where the SMTP server will write all of the messages that it receives, so this will be where Telligent Community will read messages from.
When configuring the email retrieval job in the next step, enter the drop directory into the Messages Drop Directory configuration.
Ensure the MX record for the domain/site is pointing to the job server IP running SMTP and make sure the SMTP port 25 is open to receive emails.
- Create a mailbox for each mailing list the site uses. For example, if you have a forum with a mailing list of firstname.lastname@example.org, you will need a mailbox on your mail server to receive those emails and then add that mailbox to Telligent Community’s configuration via Add New Mailbox on Administration > Site > Email Options. This will have to be done for each mailing list used by the site. This option is not recommended as it requires the most intervention when new email integrations are enabled.
Ensure that the Email Retrieval job is enabled by going to Administration > Jobs > Jobs > Email Retrieval and ensure that the Enabled checkbox is checked. The other configuration options provides options to enable catch all email addresses:
- Messages Drop Directory - This is the local file system directory where emails waiting to be processed as part of an IIS SMTP server integration (see the discussion in the previous section). This path must be accessible from the job server. Leave blank if you're not using this feature.
- Processed Messages Directory - Directory where emails waiting to be processed are stored. The path must be accessible from the job server. Leave blank if you're not using this feature.
Click Save to commit any changes.