Send Email using Exchange Web Service - EWS in VB.NET

In previous section, I introduced how to send mass email with EASendMail SMTP service database queue. In this section, I will introduce how to send email using Exchange Web Service (EWS) in VB.NET.

Introduction

Exchange Web Services (EWS), an alternative to the MAPI protocol, is a documented SOAP based protocol introduced with Exchange Server 2007. We can use HTTP or HTTPS protocol to send email with Exchange Web Services (EWS) instead of SMTP protocol.

With EASendMail SMTP Component, you do not have to build your EWS SOAP XML request and parse the response. It wraps the SOAP XML and HTTP request automatically. You just need to change the SmtpServer.Protocol property, and then EASendMail uses Web Service protocol to send email. Your server SHOULD be Exchange 2007 or later version; otherwise you cannot use Exchange Web Service protocol.

  • SMTP protocol

    Standard SMTP protocol based on TCP/IP, all email servers support this protocol, Exchange Server also supports SMTP protocol. Using SMTP protocol is always recommended.

  • Exchange WebDAV

    Exchange WebDAV is a set of methods based on the HTTP protocol to manage users, messages in Microsoft Exchange Server. We can use HTTP or HTTP/HTTPS protocol to send email with Exchange WebDAV instead of SMTP protocol. But since Exchange 2007, WebDAV service is disabled by default, so I only suggest that you use WebDAV protocol in Exchange 2000/2003.

  • Exchange Web Service (EWS)

    Exchange Web Services (EWS), an alternative to the MAPI protocol, is a documented SOAP based protocol introduced with Exchange Server 2007. We can use HTTP or HTTPS protocol to send email with Exchange Web Services (EWS) instead of SMTP protocol. I only suggest that you use EWS protocol in Exchange 2007/2010/2013/2016 or later version. Office365 also supports EWS very well.

Note

Remarks: All of samples in this section are based on first section: Send email in a simple VB.NET project. To compile and run the following example codes successfully, please click here to learn how to create the test project and add reference of EASendMail to your project.

[VB.NET - Send Email using Exchange Web Service (EWS) - Example]

The following example codes demonstrate how to send email using Exchange Web Service (EWS) in VB.NET.

Note

To get the full sample projects, please refer to Samples section.

Imports EASendMail ' Add EASendMail namespace
Module Module1
    Sub Main()
        Dim oMail As New SmtpMail("TryIt")
        Dim oSmtp As New SmtpClient()
        ' Set sender email address, please change it to yours
        oMail.From = "test@emailarchitect.net"
        ' Set recipient email address, please change it to yours
        oMail.To = "support@emailarchitect.net"

        ' Set email subject
        oMail.Subject = "test email from VB.NET project"

        ' Set email body
        oMail.TextBody = "this is a test email sent from VB.NET project, do not reply"
        ' Your Exchange server address
        Dim oServer As New SmtpServer("exch.emailarchitect.net")

        ' Set Exchange Web Service protocol (EWS) - Exchange 2007/2010/2013/2016
        oServer.Protocol = ServerProtocol.ExchangeEWS

        ' User and password for Exchange User authentication
        oServer.User = "test"
        oServer.Password = "testpassword"

        ' By default, Exchange Web Service requires SSL connection
        oServer.ConnectType = SmtpConnectType.ConnectSSLAuto

        Try
            Console.WriteLine("start to send email ...")
            oSmtp.SendMail(oServer, oMail)
            Console.WriteLine("email was sent successfully!")
        Catch ep As Exception
            Console.WriteLine("failed to send email with the following error:")
            Console.WriteLine(ep.Message)
        End Try
    End Sub
End Module

Exchange Server 2007 EWS Issue

If you send email to Exchange Server 2007 using EWS. You may get an exception: “Client does not have permissions to send as this sender”. You should add this line in your code:

// Set sender email address, please change it to yours
oMail.From = "test@emailarchitect.net";
// Add this line
oMail.Headers.RemoveKey( "From" );

That is because Exchange Server 2007 doesn’t allow From header in the email message, the From header will be added by Exchange Server automatically.

Manage Send As Permissions in Exchange 2007/2010/2013

If you send email using SMTP protocol and it threw an exception: “Client does not have permissions to send as this sender” with Exchange 2007/2010/2013, please see the following topic:

Next Section

At next section I will introduce how to send email using Exchange WebDAV in VB.

Appendix

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