Conditional always_bcc only for outgoing messages

Sometimes there is a need to clone all outgoing or incoming message traffic and forward it to specific mailbox. When using Postfix always_bcc configuration parameter can be used, with Sendmail external milter is needed.

Solution for Postfix have pros and cons, as it name says it will add BCC sender to ALL emails without exception, you cannot specify certain mailboxes or monitor only outgoing messages. It will even match bounce messages.

If you need add blind carbon copy per domain or skip specific e-mail address you need to use third party milter. With MSH Traffic Policy automatic bcc based on rules is easier than you think.

For our example I will assume than our internal domain is This will let us to create a rule which will behave like conditional always_bcc functionality.

Create a new rule and begin with Add Envelope Recipient action. This will work as “add bcc recipient” because we will not add BCC header to message, so it will only have envelope recipient, which is not visible to the end recipient.

Provide email address for mailbox to which you want to forward all messages.

Next you need conditions which will match messages. On Conditions tab select from Add button Message Sender condition.

For our scenario we assume that we want to add BCC recipient to all outgoing messages.

Use name of your domain, so to each message which will have sender from BCC will be added (with email address with our example).

Good idea is to exclude email address which receive all messages, so on Exceptions tab add Message Sender exception and provide address.

On Name page provide name for you rule, i.e always_bcc, click OK button.

Save All settings on main application window.

With MSH Traffic Policy, you can create many sophisticated rules which will match any messages you want: with certain attachments, specific subject or message size.

To learn more visit MSH Traffic Policy website.

Łukasz is a software developer and owner of MSH Software company which builds email processing tools for Microsoft Exchange, Zimbra Collaboration Suite and Postfix. He specializes in server, desktop and web applications written in Java, .NET and C++.