TechTalk: Set up a postmaster account on the AS/400 with SMTP.

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Q: I've set up Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) on my AS/400 so that my OfficeVision users can exchange E-mail with users on the Internet. On most E-mail systems, a profile is set up so that a remote user having a problem sending a message can ask a question to get the problem resolved. For example, a remote user who tries to send a message to an address that doesn't exist will often want to ask if the E-mail address is different or if the person no longer works for the company. Usually, you'd send an E-mail message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in that case. Is there a way to accomplish that with SMTP on the AS/400?

A: Yes, there is. Using the Add Directory Entry (ADDDIRE) command, you can create a postmaster account. Use a user ID of POST and an address of MASTER. Set the user ID to someone who isn't already set up in the distribution directory. That person will start getting messages for the postmaster user through SMTP.

- Jim Hoopes