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Troubleshooting SQL Server blocked access to procedure sp_send_dbmail

Troubleshooting SQL Server blocked access to procedure ‘dbo.sp_send_dbmail’ of component ‘Database Mail XPs’ because this component is turned off as part of the security configuration for this server


While trying to execute MSDB..SP_SEND_DBMAIL system procedure to test email functionality so that it can be incorporated within an SQL Server Agent Job to send success messages whenever Full Database Backup has completed successfully. However, the execution of MSDB..SP_SEND_DBMAIL stored procedure failed with the below mentioned error. In this article we will take a look at the steps you need to follow to resolve this issue. The resolution steps are applicable to SQL Server 2005 and higher versions.

Error Message

Executed as user: Domain\Username. SQL Server blocked access to procedure 'dbo.sp_send_dbmail' of component 'Database Mail XPs' because this component is turned off as part of the security configuration for this server. A system administrator can enable the use of 'Database Mail XPs' by using sp_configure. For more information about enabling 'Database Mail XPs', see "Surface Area Configuration" in SQL Server Books Online. [SQLSTATE 42000] (Error 15281). The step failed.

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Send Email using SP_SEND_DBMAIL system stored procedure available in MSDB database

Execute the below mentioned TSQL code to send email using SP_SEND_DBMAIL Stored Procedure.

EXEC msdb..sp_send_dbmail
@profile_name = 'EMailProfile', 
@recipients = 'user@domain.com',
@body = 'Success - Full Database Backup',
@subject = 'Full Database Backup of all the database is completed successfully.'


In order to resolve this issue a database administrator can connect to SQL Server Instance with System Administrator (SA) Privileges and execute the below mentioned TSQL Statement to enable Database Mail XPs feature of SQL Server.


SP_CONFIGURE 'show advanced options', 1

/* Enable Database Mail XPs Advanced Options in SQL Server */
SP_CONFIGURE 'Database Mail XPs', 1

SP_CONFIGURE 'show advanced options', 0

In the above TSQL code snippet you could see that once the Database Mail XPs feature is enabled we have gone ahead and disabled Show Advanced Options of SP_CONFIGURE system stored procedure.

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