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Monitor a Sendmail Server

Summary

In short, set up an auto-responder that replies to mailtest@mailboxtools.com when a message is from mailtest@mailboxtools.com. The following instructions show two different ways to accomplish this.



Method #1 - Create an Alias

Step 1. Add the following line to the /etc/alias file:
mailtest: mailtest@mailboxtools.com


Step 2. Update sendmail by running the newalias command.


That's it on your end. Now go to the MailBox Tools website and configure an Email Roundtrip Test for each mailbox you want to monitor.



Method #2 - Create a dedicated User

Step 1. Create a new user that will be dedicated to MailBox Tools monitoring and assign the user an email address (we recommend mailtest@yourcompany.com).


Step 2. Create a .forward file in the user's home directory with the following text:
mailtest@mailboxtools.com
This will forward all email to this user back to the MailBox Tools email monitoring system.


That's it on your end. Now go to the MailBox Tools website and configure an Email Down ALERT for each mailbox you want to monitor.



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