Changing the postfix banner

Make sure that when you send mail from web hosts you have a reverse lookup name that matches your postfix banner. Otherwise you can sometimes get marked as spam by some providers. Use the following to set the postfix name:

postconf -e myhostname=servername

Where ‘servername’ is the name of your PTR record. Remember to restart postfix once you have made this change. You can check this with netcat or telnet:

nc machine 25

Where ‘machine’ is the address or name of the machine you want to test. The reply from this should be something like:

220 ESMTP Postfix (Ubuntu)

Depending on what you are running. This can be a problem when the web server has been cloned or renamed.

Written on October 29, 2009