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Set up alerts in Proxmox before it's too late!

Set up alerts in Proxmox before it's too late!

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Setting up alerts in Proxmox is important and critical to making sure you are notified if something goes wrong with your servers. It’s so easy, I should have done this years ago! In this tutorial, we’ll set up email notifications using SMTP with Gmail or G Suite that send email alerts when there are disk errors, ZSF Issues, or when backup jobs run. We’ll then test the alerts to make sure they are working by yoinking a drive from my ZFS pool (and hopefully it doesn’t fail).

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Configuring Alerts

install dependencies

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apt update
apt install -y libsasl2-modules mailutils

Configure app passwords on your Google account

https://myaccount.google.com/apppasswords

Configure postfix

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echo "smtp.gmail.com [email protected]:YourAppPassword" > /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

update permissions

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chmod 600 /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

hash the file

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postmap hash:/etc/postfix/sasl_passwd

check to to be sure the db file was create

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cat /etc/postfix/sasl_passwd.db

edit postfix config

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nano /etc/postfix/main.cf
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# google mail configuration

relayhost = smtp.gmail.com:587
smtp_use_tls = yes
smtp_sasl_auth_enable = yes
smtp_sasl_security_options =
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

reload postfix

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postfix reload

send a test emails

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echo "This is a test message sent from postfix on my Proxmox Server" | mail -s "Test Email from Proxmox" [email protected]

fix from name in email

install dependency

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apt update
apt install postfix-pcre

edit config

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nano /etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks

add the following text

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/^From:.*/ REPLACE From: pve1-alert pve1-alert@something.com

hash the file

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postmap hash:/etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks

check the contents of the file

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cat /etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks.db

add the module to our postfix config

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nano /etc/postfix/main.cf

add to the end of the file

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smtp_header_checks = pcre:/etc/postfix/smtp_header_checks

reload postfix service

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postfix reload

Chapters

00:00 - Why you should set up alerts in Proxmox

01:42 - Micro Center / Free SSD (Sponsor)

02:56 - Where can I find the documentation

03:07 - Installing and configuring dependencies

03:54 - Google Email address configuration

08:43 - Configuring postfix and customizing the email alert

11:47 - Changing the mail sender name with pcre

14:20 - Configure where email alerts are sent

15:01 - Backup Alerts

17:33 - SMART alerts

18:53 - ZFS Alerts

19:52 - Testing in Production

24:03 - How Proxmox alerts could be better

25:30 - Stream Highlight - “Just some flashing lights & music”

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