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    DNS Setup


    Hey guys,
    I'm a newbie with a question. What a surprise right. I have a website being hosted with an ISP. The domain is registered. I wanted to set up my own email server. I have Fedora 1 running on a machine, Postfix installed. I don't know how to set up my DNS to point email to my email server. My static IP is 64.x.x.x..

    How can I setup my machine to be a DNS and email server? Is this easy for a newbie?

    Thanks in advance!!


    Chris M.

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    for your first question, i'm not quite sure that i understand what you are asking? (dns piping email to your email server?)

    for your second question, it shouldn't be too hard, as long as you read the documentation which come with the DNS and email server packages, as well as the manpages.
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    Re: DNS Setup

    Quote Originally Posted by cmoughan
    Hey guys,
    I'm a newbie with a question. What a surprise right. I have a website being hosted with an ISP. The domain is registered. I wanted to set up my own email server.
    Send an email to your domain provider asking to add a MX record that points towards your static IP.
    Lets say you have the domain:
    www.iwantemail.com registered.
    And your IP is: 64.123.53.212 (for example)
    You need an entry on your domain providers DNS, stating that all email for that domain should be routed to that IP address.

    Check your domain provider or ISP for more information on how to set this up.

    Quote Originally Posted by cmoughan
    I have Fedora 1 running on a machine, Postfix installed. I don't know how to set up my DNS to point email to my email server. My static IP is 64.x.x.x..

    How can I setup my machine to be a DNS and email server? Is this easy for a newbie?
    Thanks in advance!!
    Chris M.
    One thing though, most ISP don't like it if you host your own DNS.
    I have a DNS active for my internal network, that sends all DNS requests NOT for my domain straight to the DNS of my ISP.
    Make sure you configure your postfix to allow incomming email (Port 25) only from your ISP's mailserver.
    If for some reason you allow everyone to route through it you'll get banned.
    Spammers like open relays.

    But since your new to the world of Unix/Linux I would suggest you start reading the pages on this website: http://www.linuxhq.com/ldp/index.html

    Be sure to check the : FAQ and HowTo sections.

    When your done reading send me a PM.

    oh, and install Webmin, this makes managing your server very easy using your webbrowser.


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