Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

We use SQL Server Database Mail to send emails from one of our apps. It calls the sp_send_dbmail stored procedure. I've been asked to see if there is a way to add a read receipt to emails sent this way.

The sp doesn't seem to have this option. And the Database Mail Configuration doesn't seem to have settings for it either. So, I'm assuming it's not possible. Is that correct?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

SQL Database Mail doesn't have any mechanism for requesting receipts. You'd either have to put some kind of hack in place, like an smtp relay that SQL forwards to that could add one on the fly, or use a different mail library to send your messages.

share|improve this answer

Who's going to read the receipt? The SQL server?

share|improve this answer
Um, SQL sends the message as someone else (in the From field) so that person would get the receipt.... – squillman Sep 22 '09 at 14:14
Why the down vote? The OP didn't give any specifics about what he ultimately wanted to accomplish by setting up a Read Receipt and I asked a legitimate question. – joeqwerty Sep 22 '09 at 14:37
I'm not the one who down voted. But I'm guessing they wanted you to ask clarifying questions in comments instead. – Slapout Sep 22 '09 at 15:19
The question was clear, the OP wants to know if it's possible to request read receipts via database mail. Without further clarification your answer could easily be taken as sarcasm, and really belongs as a comment to the question anyway. – squillman Sep 22 '09 at 15:20
Point taken, but is a down vote really warranted? Your comment to my comment could be perceived as sarcasm, so do you get a down vote as well? I'm not trying to be pithy, but it seems that down votes can be arbitrary at times, especially since my question was well meaning, albeit short on clarification. – joeqwerty Sep 22 '09 at 15:33

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.