Email Settings

PATH: System Administration > Messenger > Messenger Preferences > Email Settings

The Email Settings tab allows a user to configure general settings for email messages. The initial setup of this tab should be completed before email messaging is attempted.

Image 1: Email Settings (Not Configured)

Field Descriptions

Field

Description

Default Sender Email Address

The default email address that appears as the "sent from" address on sent email messages. This field is required.

The Default Sender Email Address must be a real email address so that the recipient’s email server does not view the message as SPAM. A real email address also allows bounce-back messages to be delivered to an actual mailbox even if the mailbox is not monitored.

Do not include “infinitecampus” in the email address as this incorrectly gives the impression that emails are being delivered by the company Infinite Campus.

SMTP Host

The Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) host name used to transfer emails. SMTP is the only protocol supported in Campus.

SMTP Port

The specific port allowing SMTP and email exchange. To use the default SMTP port, leave blank. Otherwise, if a specific port number is required by a service, enter it in this field.

SMTP Timeout

The amount of time that Campus will wait for the SMTP server to respond. If the SMTP server does not respond in the specified amount of time, the message will timeout and Campus will resend the message according the preferences set in the Advanced Settings group on this screen.

The SMTP Timeout dropdown list includes the following options:

  • 30 seconds (default)
  • 1 minute
  • 2 minutes
  • 3 minutes
  • 4 minutes
  • 5 minutes

Use Authentication

If a username and password are required for SMTP authentication, this box should be checked. When checked, the Username and Password fields will be unlocked for editing.

Username

The username required for server authentication, if required by SMTP server setup.

This field is available for editing when the Use Authentication field is set to a value of "Yes."

Password

The password required for server authentication, if required by SMTP server setup.

This field is available for editing when the Use Authentication field is set to a value of "Yes."

Use TLS

Checkbox indicates whether or not Transport Layer Security (TLS) should be used to encrypt email transfer on the server. Some services require this encryption.

Minutes Between Retries

The number of minutes to wait between a failed message delivery attempt and the next message delivery attempt.

Max Errors Before Cancel

The maximum number of failed message delivery attempts allowed before all attempts to deliver the message are canceled.

The default value for this field is "10."

Throttle Email MessagesThis option determines the number of email messages the application server will process per second. You may enter any number from 1 to 999.
Allow Email Attachments

This option allows users to add email attachments to messages. When this option is checked, all Messenger tools display the option to send email attachments. When this option is not checked, no tools display the option to send email attachments.

If there are template email attachments and this checkbox is cleared so that the option to upload an attachment is removed, the templates will NOT send the attachments.

Limit Email Attachment File Size

This option allows you to set size limits for email attachments. If a user tries to attach a file that is larger than the limit set in this field, an error message will display explaining that their file is too large.

The maximum file size is 100 MB and is set in the Campus XML file.

Districts using Campus' SMTP Host are limited to 1.3 MB regardless of what is entered in this field.

Large email attachments of several MBs will take several minutes to upload.

If there are templates with email attachments and this field is changed to a limit lower than what exists on the saved templates, the templates WILL send the saved email attachment. If the template is changed and saved, you will not be able to save the large email attachment.

Use Sender's Email from Census as Sender's Email Address

Mark this checkbox to use the user's email address as the Sender's Email address on all templates and associated schedulers. If this checkbox is marked and the user does not have an email address entered in Census, Messenger uses the email address entered in the Default Sender Email Address field on this screen.

This option does not apply to Emergency Messenger.  Emergency Messenger uses the Email Address from the Default Sender Email Address on this screen.

Allow Custom Sender's Email Address

Mark this checkbox to allow users to edit the Sender's Email field on all templates and associated schedulers.

This option does not apply to Emergency Messenger .  Emergency Messenger uses the Email Address from the Default Sender Email Address on this screen.

Configuring Email Settings

There are two methods in which the Email Settings tab may be configured: Non-TLS and TLS (required by some email services).

Non-TLS Configuration

To configure the Email Settings for email messaging from an internal school/district server, or other email service that does not use TLS encryption:

Image 2: Standard Setup of Email Settings

The following steps are required for standard setup:

  1. Enter the Sender Address.
  2. Enter the SMTP Host address.

Optional Configuration Steps

These are optional steps for standard setup:

  1. Choose the number of Minutes Between Retries.
  2. Select the allowed Max Errors Before Cancel.

TLS Configuration

To configure the Email Settings to allow emails from email services and SMTP servers that require TLS encryption of transferred messages:

Image 3: TLS-Encrypted Setup of Email Settings

The following steps are required for standard setup:

  1. Enter the Sender Address.
  2. Enter the SMTP Host address.
  3. Enter the SMTP Port.
  4. Mark the Use TLS checkbox.

Optional Configuration Steps

The following steps are optional for standard setup:

  1. Mark the Use Authentication checkbox and enter values in the authentication fields:
    • Username
    • Password
  2. Choose the number of Minutes Between Retries.
  3. Select the allowed Max Errors Before Cancel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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