HowTo: Authenticated email relay server with Postfix

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Setup Postfix as a email relay server which will authenticate with public email server for sending emails. If you want to use a Gmail as a Free SMTP server us, use this as in any of the redhat or ubuntu servers
For Ubuntu

apt-get install postfix mailutils libsasl2-2 ca-certificates libsasl2-modules

Replace the ceritficate file in the configuration

cat /etc/ssl/certs/Thawte_Premium_Server_CA.pem | sudo tee -a /etc/postfix/cacert.pem

If you do not have postfix installed before, postfix configuration wizard will ask you some questions. Just select your server as Internet Site and for FQDN use something like mail.example.com , For Centos

yum install postfix email mailx cyrus-sasl cyrus-sasl-lib cyrus-sasl-plain
[root@server ~]# vi /etc/postfix/main.cf
biff = no
append_dot_mydomain = no
readme_directory = no
myhostname = smtpout.innovautelabs.intra
mydomain = innovaturelabs.intra
myorigin = $mydomain
alias_maps = hash:/etc/aliases
alias_database = hash:/etc/aliases
mydestination = localhost.localdomain, , localhost
mynetworks = 192.168.1.0/24, 127.0.0.0/8 [::ffff:127.0.0.0]/104 [::1]/128
mailbox_size_limit = 0
recipient_delimiter = +
inet_interfaces = all
relayhost = [smtp.gmail.com]:587
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_password_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/sasl-passwords
smtp_sasl_security_options = noanonymous
smtp_tls_CAfile = /etc/ssl/certs/ca-bundle.trust.crt 
smtp_use_tls = yes
smtp_tls_loglevel = 1
smtp_tls_security_level = encrypt
smtp_sasl_mechanism_filter = login

Now create a password file which should have a valid email and password; onece hashed the password file postfix can read the data in it after that, you can delete the plaintext passwd file. Alternately, if you’d feel better keeping the file around for whatever reason, you can run chmod 600 passwd and make it only readable by its owner, which should be root

vi /etc/postfix/sasl-passwords
[smtp.gmail.com]:587 username@gmail.com:password
chmod 600 /etc/postfix/sasl-passwords
postmap /etc/postfix/sasl-passwords

Finally, reload postfix config for changes to take effect:

service postfix restart
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