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I’m setting up my Proxmox server to send me email alerts. I want to use my Zoho email, and this is how I did it.

$ sudo nano /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

Add your smtp server, email address, and password (ideally an application-specific password generated in your Zoho control panel): [email protected]:password

Now hash your postfix password and set proper permissions on the original:

$ sudo postmap hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
$ sudo chmod 600 /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

Now, edit /etc/postfix/ and add the following lines:

relayhost =
smtp_use_tls = yes
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_security_options =
smtp_tls_wrappermode = yes
smtp_tls_security_level = encrypt
smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd
smtp_tls_CAfile = /etc/ssl/certs/Entrust_Root_Certification_Authority.pem
smtp_tls_session_cache_database = btree:/var/lib/postfix/smtp_tls_session_cache
smtp_tls_session_cache_timeout = 3600s
sender_canonical_classes = envelope_sender, header_sender
sender_canonical_maps = regexp:/etc/postfix/sender_canonical
smtp_header_checks = regexp:/etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks

Create /etc/postfix/sender_canonical and put in your Zoho email address:

Create /etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks and put in your Zoho email address

/From:.*/ REPLACE From: e[email protected]

Optionally, if you want to customize the name that the email is coming from, try:

/From:.*/ REPLACE From: Dumbledore <[email protected]>

Finally, reload postfix and send a test message:

$ sudo postfix reload
$ echo "test message" | mail -s "test subject" [email protected]

Voila! If you have issues, check your logs in /var/log/syslog and /var/log/


Serverfault: Forcing the from address when postfix relays over smtp