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Sethable
Aug 14, 2008, 04:26 PM
My company is having huge problems with sending mail through out providers smtp because it has way too many users.
I was hoping to simply turn on the mail server with smtp only enabled and have everyone connect to it to send their mail.
I cannot get a connection to the server what so ever. Do I need any other services running to make this work?

I wish there was a from the start guide of how to get this to work.
I didn't think it would be all that hard considering there are very few options other then on and off.

Do I need to setup a dns for my office or something ? I should be able to specify the smtp as just the ip of the xserve I have right?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank everyone.



Cromulent
Aug 14, 2008, 07:58 PM
My company is having huge problems with sending mail through out providers smtp because it has way too many users.
I was hoping to simply turn on the mail server with smtp only enabled and have everyone connect to it to send their mail.
I cannot get a connection to the server what so ever. Do I need any other services running to make this work?

I wish there was a from the start guide of how to get this to work.
I didn't think it would be all that hard considering there are very few options other then on and off.

Do I need to setup a dns for my office or something ? I should be able to specify the smtp as just the ip of the xserve I have right?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thank everyone.

You'll need DNS and you'll probably need to do some configuration to get the settings you want. How many accounts are you talking about in your company? What is the hardware you are running OS X Server on? Remember that running a mail server can be quite intensive if you have a lot of users sending e-mail concurrently. Are you planning on using the server for receiving e-mail as well and then distributing to clients?

Sethable
Aug 14, 2008, 09:23 PM
I have a brand new intel iserve.
We have a mail server off site handling out incoming mail.
All I want is an smtp server for outgoing.

I will just specify the pop3 as our normal mail server and then under smtp I want to put the server that I made.

I can turn it on and what not I just cannot get it to work at all.
I have put quite a bit of searching into this matter.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Cromulent
Aug 15, 2008, 07:41 AM
I have a brand new intel iserve.
We have a mail server off site handling out incoming mail.
All I want is an smtp server for outgoing.

I will just specify the pop3 as our normal mail server and then under smtp I want to put the server that I made.

I can turn it on and what not I just cannot get it to work at all.
I have put quite a bit of searching into this matter.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks

Have you got any type of DNS server on the machine? If not you need to get it setup so that computers on the network know how to resolve your servers host name.

Sethable
Aug 15, 2008, 08:42 AM
I just found out we don't do our own dns. I will try to set that up now. I have never done it on os x server.

Shouldn't I still be able to just point the smtp to the ip of the xserve though?

ChrisA
Aug 15, 2008, 11:04 AM
You'll need DNS and you'll probably need to do some configuration to get the settings you want. How many accounts are you talking about in your company? What is the hardware you are running OS X Server on? Remember that running a mail server can be quite intensive if you have a lot of users sending e-mail concurrently. Are you planning on using the server for receiving e-mail as well and then distributing to clients?

There are about a thousand ways you can set up a mail server. Of all the services mail is by far the most complex. Getting Apache or an FTP server up is simple. But mail requires not only a lot of configuration of planing.

Some questions: How many users, tens, or thousands? Will your mail servers accept incoming mail directly from the Internet or is this a "relay" server that connects only to yur ISP's mail server. If so will it handle both inbound and outbound or just one direction?
Lots of questions... Can't even begin to talk about how to do this without witting down a detailed set of requirements.

One thing about mail is that users expect it to work flawlessly 24x7. For that you really have to use at least two servers. Every system now and then neds to come down for repair, to upgrade the OS or whatever. You'll need a on-line backup.

Sethable
Aug 15, 2008, 11:33 AM
I figured out that this course of action will be a waste of time.
If I get my own smtp up and running most places will mark the mail as spam because they won't be able to resolve the domain back to the box.

Sigh.
Oh well.

Cromulent
Aug 15, 2008, 05:44 PM
I figured out that this course of action will be a waste of time.
If I get my own smtp up and running most places will mark the mail as spam because they won't be able to resolve the domain back to the box.

Sigh.
Oh well.

That is where the DNS server comes in. You'll need to setup BIND correctly so that it handles reverse lookups.