A great many clients I have worked with struggle with the volume of requests being emailed to their IT team. In reality it’s very easy for a user to simply email details of any issue that might temporarily affect them. Often these requests are a transient frustration, that does not require any intervention from the IT team, or they lack the necessary detail for efficient service provision. As such they represent a huge drain on the often limited resources of the IT team as technicians have to analyse, classify and respond to each inquiry.

With the increasing use and development of the self-service portal in ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus it is becoming easier and easier for organisations to deliver efficient incident management and service delivery without the need to support inbound email for the logging of requests.

To assist with this type of installation ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus has a feature to very easily disable any new inbound email requests from the user base whilst maintaining the ability to communicate via email from an existing ticket. The disable option is available from the Mail Server Settings > Inbound tab: 





















By checking the ‘Disable new request creation through email’ check box option any email sent to ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus that is not detected as being a response to an existing request will be rejected. In reality, when this option is checked, ManageEngine ServiceDesk Plus is looking for a request ID string in the incoming email subject to indicate it is a response to a previous request e.g. ##33496##. Without this being present the email will be rejected.

The feature also offers a filter option to specify the emails or domains that should not be rejected. With the support for wildcards it does afford an organisation the option to selectively disable inbound email support in ServiceDesk Plus rather than an ‘en-masse’ configuration:









In order to inform the user of an email being rejected, and to potentially advise them to navigate to their self-service portal login, a new notification option has been added to the Notification Rules as shown below:

 















Enjoy!




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