How to send HTML formatted mail using CDO for Windows 2000 and a remote SMTP service

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This article describes how to send HTML formatted mail using CDO for Windows 2000 (CDOSYS) or CDO for Exchange 2000 (CDOEX) using a remote computer's SMTP service.

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  1. Create a file called Cdosmtp.vbs and paste the following code:
    ' Send by connecting to port 25 of the SMTP server.
    Dim iMsg
    Dim iConf
    Dim Flds
    Dim strHTML

    Const cdoSendUsingPort = 2

    set iMsg = CreateObject("CDO.Message")
    set iConf = CreateObject("CDO.Configuration")

    Set Flds = iConf.Fields

    ' Set the CDOSYS configuration fields to use port 25 on the SMTP server.

    With Flds
    .Item("") = cdoSendUsingPort
    'ToDo: Enter name or IP address of remote SMTP server.
    .Item("") = "<remote SMTP server>"
    .Item("") = 10
    End With

    ' Build HTML for message body.
    strHTML = "<HTML>"
    strHTML = strHTML & "<HEAD>"
    strHTML = strHTML & "<BODY>"
    strHTML = strHTML & "<b> This is the test HTML message body</b></br>"
    strHTML = strHTML & "</BODY>"
    strHTML = strHTML & "</HTML>"

    ' Apply the settings to the message.
    With iMsg
    Set .Configuration = iConf
    .To = "<email address>" 'ToDo: Enter a valid email address.
    .From = "<email address>" 'ToDo: Enter a valid email address.
    .Subject = "This is a test CDOSYS message (Sent via Port 25)"
    .HTMLBody = strHTML
    End With

    ' Clean up variables.
    Set iMsg = Nothing
    Set iConf = Nothing
    Set Flds = Nothing

    MsgBox "Mail Sent!"
  2. Edit the sections of the code that are marked "ToDo".
  3. Save the file, and then double-click it.

    The code creates an HTML-formatted message and sends it using the remote computer's SMTP service.


For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
286430 How To Send HTML Formatted mail Using CDO for Windows 2000 and the Local Pickup Directory

Article ID: 286431 - Last Review: Jun 19, 2014 - Revision: 1