I need to test that a series of sites are up and running and that they can send and receive email.
Step one: send email from firstname.lastname@example.org
Step two: expect response email emailServerOne@example.com within a given amount of time.
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Parasoft SOAtest would be able to handle this. It would enable you to send emails and apply a time based assertion on receiving the response. On a failure it could then email you with an alert. http://www.parasoft.com/jsp/products/soatest.jsp