The Standalone E-mail Robot is a free-standing tool which runs in the background delivering messages. You don't have to use the Standalone E-mail Robot: you can send messages using the E-mail Robot (SMTP) or E-mail Robot (MAPI), and you can send SMS/text messages using the SMS/text message robot. But using the Standalone E-mail Robot means that all of your messages get sent out right away, and you don't need to worry about running any of the robots to send them manually.
To send e-mails, the Standalone E-mail Robot requires either an SMTP server that it can use for relaying outbound messages, or you can enable the internal SMTP relay function and permit the Standalone E-mail Robot to make outbound connections through your firewall to deliver the messages. The Standalone E-mail Robot does not and cannot use MAPI for mail delivery, it only uses SMTP.
To send SMS messages, track their statuses and download incoming messages, the Standalone E-mail Robot must be allowed to make outbound TCP connections using SSL over port 443 to https://api.twilio.com. For SMS messaging you also must have your own account set up with Twilio.
Configure the Standalone E-mail Robot settings with the same tools in VSys that you use for configuring the E-mail Robot (SMTP) and the SMS Robot.
Place the Standalone E-mail Robot executable (VSysOneEmailRobot.exe) in the same folder as VSys.exe and VSys.ini, or have a configured copy of VSys.ini in the folder with VSysOneEmailRobot.exe. The Standalone E-mail Robot gets its database configuration settings from the VSys.ini file.
The Standalone E-mail Robot will show its activity log on screen as it runs.
The Standalone E-mail Robot will not attempt to deliver any messages more than thirty days old. This is intended to prevent its accidental delivery of very old messages when the Standalone E-mail Robot is started. The regular SMTP and MAPI E-mail Robots will happily deliver old messages since they show you those messages on-screen before delivery.
If the Standalone E-mail Robot is shut down, it cannot be restarted from the Standalone E-mail Robot Monitor tool. Instead it must be re-launched on the machine that it normally runs from in the same manner that it was originally started.
You can run multiple copies of the Standalone E-mail Robot: each one locks letters/messages before sending them and so multiple robots won't work on the same letter/message at the same time.
If SMS is enabled and activated, the robot will also send any eligible pending outbound messages, and every sixty seconds it will download new incoming messages and synchronize the status of previously sent outbound messages.