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ASP Scripting With JMail


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Article ID: 93
Author: Support @ CCS
Created: 16/11/2007
Modified: 16/11/2007
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ASP Scripting With JMail

 

The scripting information provided here is aimed at CCS Leeds customers. Much of the code is applicable to any Windows based Web Server. However some parameters, such as the methods used to derive the names of the SMTP servers, may not be valid.

Our ASP scripts are all written in VBS; we provide no JScript equivalents. We do provide Perl equivalents using the same technologies. Perl users should now use the JMail object in place of BLAT for sending mail from their scripts. If you currently use Blat, please change it.

The code uses JMail version 4.4. This is the current version installed on the servers. Detailed component information can be obtained from the Dimac site - http://www.dimac.net .

Before we go into detail on how to get your form working, let's look at some ground rules that will ensure your mail isn't blocked:

  • CCS Leeds redirects all web based mail to an SMTP Filter System. Mails must have either a valid "from" or "to" address which is a domain hosted with Fast-trak.net. Any mail that doesn't fulfil these criteria is dropped. If you are sending mail to a customer who has given you his email address, you need to use the domain name of the site (note that it does not need to be a valid mailbox on the account) noreply@domain.tld is a fairly common one to use. Remember to use a valid account if you want the customer to reply to the email.
  • CCS Leeds SMTP Filter System rate limits outgoing mail from any domain. This prevents bulk emailing. Our limits are set to allow normal form based email activity to pass unhindered, but stop any persistent attempt to send bulk mail.

Do not use your site for mass emailing (spam). The SMTP Filter System will prevent this, and the information gets logged. Attempting to bulk email will lead to your site being closed by our abuse department.

Using JMail in ASP to Provide Email on Your Site

The first thing to do is to make sure your form in the submitting page is correct. In its simplest form it should look like:

				
						        
						 
						
						
				
		

				
						           
						
				
				
				
		
				
						           
						
				
				
				
		
				
						        
						 
				
				
				
		

Now to the real scripting. Using the example submit form above, this is the code in the jmail.asp file. First initialize the variables - though this isn't strictly necessary, its good programming practice to do so.

				
						   dim JMail, intComp, strReferer, strServer, strClientIP, strServerIP, blnSpam
				
				
		

Next set up the jmail object.

				
						   Set JMail = Server.CreateObject("JMail.SMTPMail")
				
				
		

After that obtain some information about the site using the request.servervariables object. Note that we get the referrer page here. This is the page that carried out the page post operation.

				
						   strReferer = request.servervariables("HTTP_REFERER")
				
				
		
				
						   strServer = Replace(request.servervariables("SERVER_NAME"),"www.","")
				
				
		
				
						   strClientIP = request.servervariables("REMOTE_ADDR")
				
				
		
				
						   strServerIP = request.servervariables("LOCAL_ADDR")
				
				
		

Now use this information to check that the posting page is on the same site as the script. This prevents others using your script for bulk emailing activities - see the note at the bottom of this page.

				
						   intComp = inStr(strReferer, strServer)
				
				
		
				
						   If intComp > 0 Then
				
				
		
				
						       blnSpam = False
				
				
		
				
						   Else
				
				
		
				
						      ' Spam Attempt Block
				
				
		
				
						       blnSpam = True
				
				
		
				
						   End If
				
				
		

Next populate the jmail object with the correct data. Note that we use the server information to set up the sender and the SMTP server. The recipient is obtained from the request object.

				
						   JMail.ServerAddress = "smtp." & strServer & ":25"
				
				
		
				
						   JMail.Sender = "noreply@" & strServer
				
				
		
				
						   JMail.Subject = "JMail Example" & " Sent @ " & now()
				
				
		
				
						   JMail.AddRecipient request.form("email")
				
				
		
				
						   JMail.Body = "This test mail sent from: " & strServerIP & " using the JMail component on the server."
				
				
		
				
						   JMail.Priority = 3
				
				
		
				
						   JMail.AddHeader "Originating-IP", strClientIP
				
				
		

This bit of code checks the referrer is correct, and if so sends the mail to the smtp server.

				
						   If NOT blnSpam Then
				
				
		
				
						       JMail.Execute
				
				
		
				
						       strResult = "Mail Sent."
				
				
		
				
						   Else
				
				
		
				
						       strResult = "Mail Not Sent."
				
				
		
				
						   End If
				
				
		

After outputting whatever text you want to tell the client that the job is done, clean up the objects we have used.

				
						   set jmail=nothing
				
				
		

 

 

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