Email Server Check Basics

This article will cover the setup and purpose of email server check functionality built into Uptime.com which includes three different checks. The following information demonstrates how SMTP/POP/IMAP checks can be utilized.

We will need to fill in the following details:

  • The check name
  • Check interval time (Use a 1-minute interval for this example)
  • Domain or IP to check (The only “Required” value)
  • Optionally, a string of text the check should expect to see

 

 

SMTP/POP/IMAP Server Check Basics

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP), Post Office Protocol (POP) or Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) checks can be added by clicking “Add Check” and selecting either SMTP, POP or IMAP from the Check Type list of drop-down menu options. By incorporating either of these checks, domain email activity can be monitored on a continual basis.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Field Explanation Support article. 

Use Cases – Monitor Individual SMTP/POP/IMAP Servers for Google.com

By including either the SMTP, POP or IMAP server checks via Uptime.com, email activity can be monitored to ensure email is delivered as expected.

SMTP

SMTP_Use_Case_Check.png

Check Interval

1 Min

 

Contacts

Default

 

Locations

US-East, US-West, US-Central, GBR

 

Check Type

SMTP

 

Domain or IP

google.com

 

Port

110

 

Username (if any)

jjones@google.com

 

Password (if any)

AdB$#*)%3123!

 

Encryption

SSL/TLS

 

String to expect

“+OK”

 

POP/IMAP

POP_IMAP_Use_Case_Check.png

Check Interval

1 Min

 

Contacts

Default

 

Locations

US-East, US-West, US-Central, GBR

 

Check Type

POP

 

Domain or IP

google.com

 

Port

110

 

Encryption

SSL/TLS

 

String to expect

“+OK”

Email_Server_Failed_Check.png

When a SMTP, POP or IMAP check fails, the contact will receive an email like the example below that highlights the server being checked, date, time, location and explanation of why the SMTP, POP or IMAP check failed.

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Finalizing Your Check

Before saving your check be sure that you have included all of the required information for the following parameters.

  • Name of Check
  • Check Interval
  • Contacts
  • Locations
  • Check Type
  • Domain or IP

Logging into your Uptime.com account and clicking on your dashboard provides instant access to any of your established SMTP, POP or IMAP server checks.

Other Commands

In addition to the Basic checks, additional checks can also be added to improve the process of monitoring your SMTP/POP/IMAP servers in multiple locations. Data captured can also be used throughout your company as Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) related to your SMTP/POP/IMAP servers.

While most of our fields are explained in Uptime Checks Field Explanation Support Article, we’ve also included a notes section in this check for any additional information you’d like to save with the check for future reference.