How do I include my dedicated IP address as part of my default IP pool on Amazon SES?

Last updated: 2020-05-12

I have dedicated IP addresses on Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES). How can I send my emails using a dedicated IP address from my default IP address pool?

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If you haven't assigned a dedicated IP address to an IP pool, then the dedicated IP address is already included in the default IP pool (named ses-default-dedicated-pool). Additionally, if you don't specify an IP pool in your configuration set, then Amazon SES uses one of the dedicated IP addresses from ses-default-dedicated-pool.

To modify an existing configuration set to explicitly specify the use of ses-default-dedicated-pool, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Amazon SES console.
  2. From the navigation pane, under Email Sending, choose Configuration Sets.
  3. Choose the configuration set that you want to associate with ses-default-dedicated-pool.
  4. Choose the Sending IP Pool tab. Then, for Pool name, select ses-default-dedicated-pool.
  5. Choose Finish.

Note the following important considerations for using a configuration set and dedicated IP addresses:

  • For a configuration set to apply to emails, you must pass the name of the configuration set in the email headers. For more information, see Specifying a Configuration Set When You Send Email.
  • It's a best practice to attach the default IP pool to the configuration set only after the dedicated IP addresses are warmed up. Amazon SES automatically warms up your dedicated IP addresses by gradually increasing the number of emails sent from the IP addresses. Or, you can also choose to disable the automatic warm-up process so that you can manually warm up your IP addresses. While the dedicated IP addresses are warming up, avoid sending emails explicitly using the default IP pool associated with a configuration set. This impacts the warm-up process and can result in ISPs throttling emails coming from those IP addresses.

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