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An email setup story Part 1

So one of the few remaining things that the new server (still unnamed) is to get the email server running. I figure it could be an interesting story for those who are interested in this kind of thing so I will document it here. The first thing I found was this quote:"Sendmail setup … seems to need advanced degrees in both subspace field dynamics, and Klingon."
– Chris Knowles

Luckily I know Klingon… Just that degreein subspace field dynamics….

Ok… so that isn’t completely true. What is completely true is that the first thing you need to be sure of is that your DNS records are correct. I’m running all my tests on the domain arizonamission.org, and when I started… it wasn’t configured right. I plan to write something up on DNS configuration at some point, but for now, I’m going to just post my host file for arizonamission, and if you don’t know what to do with that.. well, then you should read as much as I have in the last few days:

ttl 86400
arizonamission.org. IN SOA ns.arizonamission.org. root.jrcorps.com\
. (
38400 )
arizonamission.org. IN NS ns.arizonamission.org.
arizonamission.org. IN NS ns2.arizonamission.org.
arizonamission.org. IN MX 10 arizonamission.org.
arizonamission.org. IN A
mail.arizonamission.org. IN CNAME arizonamission.org.
www.arizonamission.org. IN CNAME arizonamission.org.

The most helpful tool in configuring a DNS server is this one as well: http://www.dnsreport.com/

So yeah, that’s part one… the DNS server… which to my knowledge… is now working right. You can test it if you’d like by going to those domains above and seeing what you get.

In other news: 2 more finals left. WOOT. Almost done with this school thing. Amber also passed enough classes to graduate (and maybe more) WOOT for her! The only thing that isn’t WOOT persay is that the T-Wolves had to go and lose last night. oh well, what can you do.

Well, I best be going, I do have another final yet tomorrow. Later.

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