Many organizations use an existing internal or external service for sending and receiving email, such as Microsoft Exchange Server or Gmail. This articles describes how to forward email from those servers to FME Server.
If you are not concerned with security, spam or IT departments, then you can configure your firewall to allow open communication port 25 (smtp) on the machine that FME Server is installed. Then you can email the server directly.
Gmail allows you to easily define email filters and leverage existing spam control functionality.
You will need to configure your firewall to only allow communication to port 25 (smtp) from google servers. Google uses IP addresses in the range 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124
The steps required will vary based on the firewall you are using. For example, with AWS you must configure and apply a security group.
Before you can have Gmail forward emails, you need to enable FME Server to receive email. Gmail sends a confirmation code to the forwarded address, which must be provided to Google before forwarding takes affect.
Now configure Gmail to forward email to the machine that FME Server is installed on.
First configure a new forwarding address:
Next, define a filter that forwards email based on some criteria:
You should now have a system configured to forward specific emails from Gmail to FME Server.
If your organization uses an internal Microsoft Exchange Server, then you can configure it to forward email to the machine that FME Server is installed on.
The basic steps for doing this are:
You should now have a system configured to forward specific emails from Exchange server to an internal FME Server.
Once you have configured email forwarding you will want to configure FME Server to process the messages. The article on Email with FME Server is a good starting point.
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