Help setting up SmarterMail
Question asked by Craig Cyphers - January 22, 2015 at 10:47 AM
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Good afternoon.
 
I recently registered a domain through GoDaddy.  I want to set up SmailMail to use my domain to send and receive emails, ultimately using eM Client as my mail program.
 
As I'm very new at this (actually quite the novice) is there someone that can help guide me through what I need to do in SmarterMail to get this set up?
 
Thanks.

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Hi Craig, 
 
We have an extensive knowledge base articles that will help you though the process.  Below are some links for the initial install and configuration.
 
 
 
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Thanks.
 
I'm part way there.  Mail is not being bounced back when I send mail to myself (testing from gmail) or from within SmarterMail.  I think I have something set wrong in the DNS manager in my godaddy account.
 
I have the static IP address of the computer which is running SmarterMail in the A(Host) section.  Is that all that needs to be there?
 
What would I need to put in these sections:
 
CNAME (Alias)

 
 
MX (Mail Exchanger)  
TXT (Text)  
SRV (Service)
AAAA (IPv6 Host)
NS (Nameserver)

 
 
 
 
 
I'm very new at doing this and am coming along, but could use some help to ensure I get the right information entered in GoDaddy.  I think that's where the problem is lying right now.
 
Also, anything I need to do with SMTP anywhere on godaddy or in SmarterMail.
 
Thanks for the hand holding.
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Did you ever find the solution? I have the exact same scenerio
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Hi guys. You should only need 2 DNS records for mailflow.
 
1.) An "A" record with a hostname of "mail" which points to the IP of the your server. This will be used for Webmail access.
 
2.) An "MX" record with a hostname @ which points to mail.yourdomain.com with a priority of 10.
 
There are other records that you can add such as SPF, secondary MX, etc.., but only those 2 above are required to send and receive mail.
Linda Pagillo
Mail's Best Friend
Email: linda.pagillo@mailsbestfriend.com
Web: www.mailsbestfriend.com
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SPF records are now REQUIRED by G-Mail, YAHOO! and COMCAST.  Without a valid SPF and DKIM records, and without FEEDBACK LOOPS, they will not accept delivery of e-mail any longer.

These records must be built for EACH hosted domain.  Additionally, you will have to make certain that your PUBLIC IP address is properly mapped to your PRIMARY SMARTERMAIL HOST NAME and added to your POP, IMAP, and LDAP hostnames in the appropriate protocols - or you messages my be rejected by some of the larger ISPs.  This has been published by those ISPs since February 2012..
 
You should always have at least TWO, and never more than three, DNS records, one local, on the same server, or IP address range as your SmarterMail server, and at least one secondary DNS record.  They use of more than three DNS records is no supported by the IETF.  See: https://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1035.txtm which clearly states, :

"The DNS requires that all zones be redundantly supported by more than one name server.  Designated secondary servers can acquire zones and check for updates from the primary server using the zone transfer
protocol of the DNS."
 
The use of DMARC, which is interdependent on the above three records, is also highly recommended..

The SmarterMail references posted by Brian Ward provide some very good information:
 

Should you require additional assistance, please feel free to contact me off-list.
Bruce Barnes
ChicagoNetTech Inc
brucecnt@comcast.net

Phonr: (773) 491-9019
Phone: (224) 444-0169

E-Mail and DNS Security Specialist
Network Security Specialist

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If you have a FEEDBACK LOOP setup with Google, and they receive regular, albeit erroneous complaints about your domain, or a specific domain you host. they will STRONGLY remind you that SPF is now "required."
 
We take that attitude of REQUIRING SPD, DKIM, DOMAIN KEYS, and preferring DMARC as well - and vet spam very highly on all three of them
 
If we are gong to control spam, then we all need to get in the same boat and effect all available tools - nothing external, it's all built into SmarterMail, but does require both an excellent knowledge of both, and the use of a PRIVATE DNS server, with at least one secondary DNS server on a different network.

 
Bruce Barnes
ChicagoNetTech Inc
brucecnt@comcast.net

Phonr: (773) 491-9019
Phone: (224) 444-0169

E-Mail and DNS Security Specialist
Network Security Specialist

Customer Service Portal: https://portal.chicagonettech.com
Website: https://www.ChicagoNetTech.com
Security Blog: http://networkbastion.blogspot.com/

Web and E-Mail Hosting, E-Mail Security and Consulting

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