HOWTO: Windows Script Host Script for Sending E-Mail

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This is a simple VBScript example of how to automate sending mail through Microsoft Outlook.


This example will work in either an Active Server Pages (ASP) page or in Windows Script Host (WSH), as long as there is a valid Outlook User Profile available on the system. This User Profile appears in the from field of the mails generated. It would be possible to set up a Profile that is used solely for sending automated messages.

Use the following steps with WSH:

Save the code listed below into a file with a .vbs extension. To test, double-click on the file in Windows Explorer.

If you are using Windows 95, you need to install Wsh.exe from the following Web site to enable Windows Script Host:
Use the following steps with ASP:

Assuming you are saving it on a Web server with Active Server Page Extensions installed, you can just include the code directly into an ASP page, or save it in a file that you include into any ASP page that needs mailing capabilities.

Use the following for both methods:

Don't forget to change the recipient and the logon information. The logon has to be a valid Outlook user profile.

   'Body of email message
   Dim msgBody
   msgBody="A mail from the Windows Script Host!"

   'Call our function with recipient, message and subject
   MySendMail "",msgBody,"Automated Message."

   Sub MySendMail(recipient,msg,subject)
       Dim objSession, oInbox, colMessages, oMessage, colRecipients

       Set objSession = CreateObject("MAPI.Session")
       objSession.Logon "A Valid User Profile"

       Set oInbox = objSession.Inbox
       Set colMessages = oInbox.Messages
       Set oMessage = colMessages.Add()
       Set colRecipients = oMessage.Recipients

       colRecipients.Add recipient

       oMessage.Subject = subject
       oMessage.Text = msg

       Set objSession = nothing

   End Sub
NOTE: If you intend to run these scripts from the context of a service, look at article Q177851 in the REFERENCES section below.


191430 Run a WSH file from NT Scheduler
177851 Build a VB/Messaging Application to Run from a Service
For more information about the technologies discussed here, please refer to the article "Getting Started with ASP Messaging" in the MSDN Online:


Article ID: 197920 - Last Review: August 8, 2007 - Revision: 3.6
  • Microsoft Windows Scripting Host 2.5
  • Microsoft Visual Basic, Scripting Edition 3.0
  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition
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