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Jon Goldberg, 01/12/2015 12:16 PM

Amazon SES for CiviCRM

If you're visiting this page and distressed by its incompleteness - rest assured that we HAVE successfully set up Amazon SES on EC2 for a client. However, we didn't document it - this page is to capture the documentation from setting up SES in January 2015 for a new client.

Pre-requisites: DNS access

  • Have client sign up for Amazon AWS, which involves credit cards, identity verification, etc.
  • Ideally, have them click on "SES" at the AWS console, to do the phone verification.
  • Log onto AWS, select SES. Note that you only have sandbox access at this time.
  • Click on "SMTP Settings" on the left, record the server info, generate SMTP credentials and record those too.
  • Click on "Verified Senders: Domains". Click "Verify a new Domain". Enter the client's domain name; also click "Generate DKIM settings".
  • Download these credentials, don't just copy/paste from the screen, because they tend to get cut off.
  • Update the DNS with the verification credentials.
    • NOTE: This will likely take several hours, even after DNS has propagated.
  • Also add your own e-mail address the the verified sender - email address list. This just requires receiving a verification email.

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