I have a sendmail problem, and I'm anything but a sendmail guru -- I could use some help.
My problem is that I have a system intended to be more or less an "appliance" -- it's not intended to have an admin. Because of this, it needs to be able to "call home" by sending email. As we have configured it, this works fine -- using sendmail, it finds the appropriate relay by looking up an MX record and everything works fine.
Now, however, because of security concerns, we want to limit it to using exactly one relay, so for example
relay.corp.example.com. Should the user configure it to use, say,
fubar.example.com, the mail sending should fail or be deferred.
I thought that by configuring sendmail with a
/etc/mail/server.switch file containing
dns, I'd get that effect. This doesn't work -- instead, if it gets mail addressed to
firstname.lastname@example.org, it tries to talk directly to
example.com, and ignores the configured server.
Okay, I tied both schemes experimentally, and they both seem to work. Wish I could mark them both correct.