Virtualmin Email help

Hey all ok am a noob to all this some one installed webmin and Virtualmin for me on my server and never saw them again

ok here is my problems
Email i cant for the life of me get it to work

Thunderbird and outlook just error all the time ive checked the settings on Virtualmin and they look ok (to me) could be all wrong

Would some one please help me out with this not had email working for the last 5 months :frowning:

Thanks alot

What error does Thunderbird give you?

Also, if you look in the mail log on the server, do you see any errors or other clues in there? The mail log is located in /var/log/mail.log or /var/log/maillog.


Thank you for the reply

the log is here

just shows alot of spam tho half the emails on there ihave no idea whos they are

and thunderbird and outlook just will not let me read the mails or even Find my mail server


I’m not really seeing any errors in your output that would suggest a Postfix problem.

A lot of ISP’s these days block port 25… it may be that your ISP is preventing you from connecting to the usual SMTP port. You may need to enable SMTPS and/or Submission, and connect on the alternate port.

My suggestion would be to go into /etc/postfix/, and uncomment the lines near the top that begin with “smtps” and “submission”. Then, restart Posfix, and try connecting changing your SMTP port from 25 to either 465 or 587 in Outlook/Thunderbird.


Hey still no luck mate

tho thunderbird locks on to 587 SMTP but incoming jsut keeps trying over and over again

Edit jsut seen on “Virtualmin Virtual Servers (GPL)” tab this

Available features Mail for domain, BIND DNS domain, Apache website, Webalizer reporting, Log file rotation, MySQL database, Webmin login
Disabled features SSL website, PostgreSQL database, ProFTPd virtual FTP, Spam filtering, Virus filtering
Disk quotas Not active on home directories filesystem.
Mail server Sendmail


Okay, so incoming email isn’t working? What do you have Outlook/Thunderbird setup to use, IMAP or POP?

Also, you can check that IMAP is running by typing this command:

netstat -an | grep :143

And you can verify that POP is running with this:

netstat -an | grep :110

I’m not sure what to make of that “Sendmail” you’re seeing above, though what you use to retrieve email is actually not related to Sendmail or Postfix, it’s a daemon called Dovecot.

What distro are you using? And how did you install Virtualmin, did you use the script?


I didnt install it mate someone did it for me
Do you have msn if you have some time to chat
i will send you some paypal when i next get some for helping as am realy stuck and dont want to make things worse than they are


edit them two commands do nothing in putty mate


If you don’t see anything in Putty when you execute those commands, it may mean that Dovecot isn’t running.

You can launch Dovecot by running this command:

/etc/init.d/dovecot start

If you’re looking to pay someone to look into server issues, you can always post a comment in the “Jobs” forum – there’s a number of folks available to assist on things like that.


-bash: /etc/init.d/dovecot: No such file or directory

and thanks for the info on the “jobs” bit

It sounds like you may be missing some of the dependencies for a fully functional web/email server… it’s possible that whoever performed your install didn’t use the script, but instead just installed the Virtualmin module.

If that’s the case, you’d have to perform all configuration manually – which definitely is the hard way :slight_smile:

If possible, you might consider starting over and performing an installation with the script, but you only want to do that if you don’t have any live domains on your server.


Hi i dont think i would be able to do it myself its not my strong point

and i do run about 11 websites of my server :X