I have a Visual Studio 2010 workflow for a SharePoint 2010 Server. It uses the default workflow action "SendEmail" to send an e-mail. Everything works out perfectly, but the sender of the e-mail is not the address I set in the "From" property of the "SendEmail" action ...


The From address of emails sent from workflow is fixed to the address set in Central Administration and can not be changed.


The following options are not supported by the current version of the Send an Email action:

Specifying an address on the From line. E-mail messages sent by the workflow always show the e-mail address specified by the server administrator on the From line. Only the server administrator can change this, and it can only be changed for all notifications in the current Web application, not per workflow.

There is a project on Codeplex (spdactivities > Send Email Extended) that allows you to do this.

Alternatively you can send mail using .net's system.net.mail without these restrictions

  • Ok, thanks. Answers my question but leaves me wondering again, why the action has this property then ... ftw Microsoft ... – Hinek Mar 9 '11 at 13:31
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    Do you mean WTF or WTF? ;) – Ryan Mar 9 '11 at 13:32
  • Doh - FTW or WTF! urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ftw – Ryan Mar 10 '11 at 12:13
  • Is this is same for Visual Studio WF? as the OP states he is using a VS workflow and not an SPD workflow... – Alex Clark Mar 16 '11 at 16:26

Is the sender of the email the 'From' address you specified in the Outgoing Email Settings in SharePoint? This should work - I have used the SendEmail action quite a few times with no issues.

  • Yes, it is the address specified in the Outgoing Email Settings. But it is NOT the address set in the "From" property of the workflow action. – Hinek Mar 9 '11 at 11:28

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