An SMTP account is one that allows email messages to be sent directly from a software application without the need for an email client like Microsoft Outlook. The message transfer takes place between the application and the University’s SMTP server, over a TCP connection, using the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol. Associated with every SMTP account is a unique SMTP username and a password. Whenever the relevant software application needs to send one or more email messages, it first starts a session by authenticating to the SMTP server using the ‘SMTP AUTH’ username and password, after which one or more mail transfer transactions can then take place.
An SMTP account can be requested via the Digital IT Service Desk.