Chapter 22. Email

Email on a switch? Hell yes! Arista switches allow emails to be sent from the EOS command line, from Bash, from scripts, and from all sorts of interesting places. After you see this in action, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Ever have to copy the output of a show tech from flash:, to a TFTP server, and then to your laptop? You’ll never need to go through that nonsense again with email configured on your Arista switch. Ever copy and paste from the screen, only to discover that your scroll-back buffer wasn’t big enough? With email on an Arista switch, just email the output directly to your (or anyone’s) inbox. But enough hype, let’s dig in and see how it’s done.

Arista switches contain an email configuration mode that is accessed with the email command:


When you’re there, type a question mark (?) and see what’s available:

  auth       Email account authentication
  from-user  Send email from this user
  server     Email relay
  tls        Require TLS
  comment    Up to 240 characters, comment for this mode
  default    Set a command to its defaults
  exit       Exit from Email configuration mode
  help       Description of the interactive help system
  no         Negate a command or set its defaults
  show       Show running system information
  !!         Append to comment

In its simplest form, mail on an Arista switch requires configuration of a from address and an email server to send through. This is done by using the from-user ...

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