The purpose is this entry is to give a basic introduction to using the SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) Send Mail Task and detail a couple of quirks that I've run across.
To send email via an SSIS package, first you need to drag the "Send Mail Task" into your control flow. Then, it is as simple as setting up your SMTP Connection and configuring the To, From, Subject and Message fields.
The task editor dialog gives three pages where you can configure these options, General, Mail and Expressions. You can get to the task editor by double clicking on the task, or right clicking and choosing "edit". These pages are described below: