Send Email using Exchange WebDAV in VB.NET

In previous section, I introduced how to send email using Exchange Web Service - EWS. In this section, I will introduce how to send email using Exchange WebDAV in VB.NET.

Introduction

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 HTTPS protocol to send email with Exchange WebDAV instead of SMTP protocol.

With EASendMail SMTP Component, you do not have to build your WebDAV request and parse the response. It wraps the WebDAV HTTP request automatically. You just need to change the SmtpServer.Protocol property, and then EASendMail uses WebDAV protocol to send email. Your server SHOULD be Exchange 2000 or 2003 version; otherwise you cannot use Exchange WebDAV protocol. Although Exchange 2007 still supports WebDAV protocol, but the default status of WebDAV in Exchange 2007 is disabled, so you should use Exchange Web Service protocol with Exchange 2007 or later version.

  • 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 WebDAV - Example]

The following example codes demonstrate how to send email using Exchange WebDAV 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 WebDAV protocol - Exchange 2000/2003
        oServer.Protocol = ServerProtocol.ExchangeWebDav

        ' User and password for Exchange User authentication
        oServer.User = "test"
        oServer.Password = "testpassword"
        ' If Exchange WebDAV requires SSL connection, please add this line
        ' 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

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Total sample projects in EASendMail SMTP Component installation package.

Appendix

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