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Re: OT sendmail delay

On Fri, 2006-10-06 at 10:57 +0100, bryan coxagri com wrote:
> Thanks for your reply to this. When I was doing further checks I found 
> that it was also failing reverse dns look ups. So I bit the bullet and 
> started to learn about dns. Would you have any advice to offer as to 
> best practice for this?

Get it working internally, first, and be certain you're familiar with it
(your server, and DNS records in general) before you move beyond
internal DNS serving.

> I was thinking that we need an internal dns server to keep sendmail 
> happy with all the internal people that use it to send out email. 
> Sendmail  isn't currently taking mail in yet directly. That's taken from 
> the box that's hosted at the ISP and brought in by fetchmail. Long term 
> this was going to change and the MX record externally (at the ISP) was 
> going to point to our adsl router.

First advice:  Before setting yourself up with a SMTP server accepting
input from the public, learn about spam control.  Once you start
handling your own mail, you've also got to deal with all the spam that
someone else would have been managing for you.  You have to learn how to
kill it properly, not get exploited, and not get blacklisted.

For internal networking, it probably is easier to have a local DNS
server that takes care of address resolution (easier than maintaining
hosts files, etc.).  But be careful how you organise your internal mail
if you want users to be able to post to the outside world using the same
e-mail addresses.  You won't be able to post from a domain name that's
not recognised outside your LAN.  There's nothing stopping you from
having different responses to domain names inside and outside of your
LAN (i.e. using a public domain name, inside and out, but inside your
machines all have internal LAN IP addresses, for internal work, outside
your domain has a real internet IP address for mail checks, etc.).

(Currently running FC4, but testing FC5, if that's important.)

Don't send private replies to my address, the mailbox is ignored.
I read messages from the public lists.

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