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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories Networking
Created by Guest
Created on Jan 25, 2019

Add mail forwarding capability to the new *SMTP and *SMTPMSF server types

Add mail forwarding capability to the new *SMTP and *SMTPMSF server types

The older *SDD smtp mail server which depended on the System Distribution Directory has the capability to configured a user's directory entry to allow mail sent to him to be forwarded to another address, either on the same IBM i machine or to a different domain, which will be forwarded out to a mail forwarder

The new mail servers of type *SMTP and *SMTPMSF do not have that capability.

We are planning to convert to one of the new types, but we cannot because we depend on that forwarding function to forward mail for selected users to an outside mail server.

Use Case:

A user leaves the HQ site to do an itinerary.

We should be able to change the user's mail directory record to indicate an address to which to forward his mail to an external mail server while he is away to allow him to access it.

Type *SDD mail servers allows this function while the new *SMTP and SMTPMSF types do not.

Idea priority High
  • Guest
    May 6, 2022
    IBM believes that the request described has been solved in IBM i 7.5 by adding support to SMTP for automatic email forwarding.

    For more information, see

    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Mar 31, 2020

    The CAAC has reviewed this requirement and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority requirement that is important to be addressed. This is an important gap in the newer function that needs to be addressed.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual RFEs on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your RFE.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    For more details about CAAC's role with RFEs, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Jan 29, 2019

    Sorry to have left out that info. I am at IBM i v7.3.

  • Guest
    Jan 28, 2019

    This is a valid requirement. It is possible to let the *SMTP and *SMTPMSF type of mail server supports this capability as *SDD smtp server does. In which release you requires this feature?