Old 14th July 2006, 01:50
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Question No MX on domain (but there is!)

I've searched for this but I can't find an issue that answers my problem, so I thought I'd ask you all for some help.

The problem

The issue is that DNS checking sites like DNS Report (the link will report things are fine now because I have a hand-created file in there temporarily) says that my Golgotha.net domain does not have any MX entry.

But I disagree! That domain not only has one MX, but also a backup SMTP entry. If it were only dnsreport.com I wouldn't mind, but another DNS checker reports the same error. A "dig" for type MX also turns up nothing.

What I've done

I created the domain and the MX records with ISPConfig -- the software saving me from ever having to touch a BIND config file is one of its greatest features!

Mail seems to work. I can send and receive mail on that domain okay.

Data to consider

Excerpt from /etc/bind/pri.golgotha.net that ISPConfig created:

$TTL        86400
@       IN      SOA     ns1.golgotha.net. webmaster.golgotha.net. (
                        2006071302       ; serial, todays date + todays serial #
                        28800              ; refresh, seconds
                        7200              ; retry, seconds
                        604800              ; expire, seconds
                        86400 )            ; minimum, seconds
                NS      ns1.golgotha.net.              ; Inet Address of name server 1
                NS      ns2.golgotha.net.              ; Inet Address of name server 2

mail  MX      10 mail.golgotha.net.
mail2  MX      20 smtp2.easydns.com.

( --snip-- Further below: )
golgotha.net.      A
( --snip-- )
ns1       A
ns2       A
mail       A
( --snip-- )
Now, from the working one I copied and hand edited:

@       IN      SOA     ns1.golgotha.net.      webmaster.golgotha.net. (
                        2006071400      ; serial number YYMMDDNN
                        28800           ; Refresh
                        7200            ; Retry
                        864000          ; Expire
                        86400           ; Min TTL

                NS      ns1.golgotha.net.
                NS      ns2.golgotha.net.

                MX      10 mail.golgotha.net.
                MX      20 smtp2.easydns.com.

$ORIGIN golgotha.net.

ns1     IN      A
ns2     IN      A
mail    IN      A
www     IN      A
Why the difference in the MX layout? Anyone have any clues? Whacks with a clue-bat would be appreciated; TIA.

Last edited by IntnsRed; 14th July 2006 at 04:04.
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Old 14th July 2006, 09:34
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the difference is mail / mail2

normally you would have to enter zone.tld. MX 10 whatyoudeside.zone.zld.

In case of that shortended notation the @ replaces the zone for which that file is.

So mail MX 10 whatyoudeside.zone.tld. adds an mx to mail.zone.tld. But what you want is an MX pointing to zone.tld.

hth Ben
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Old 14th July 2006, 15:25
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Thanks Ben!

So just to make sure I've got this straight, when creating the MX, ISPConfig has a field for for the "Mailserver:", and there one should normally put the 2-level domain name, such as "example.com".

Duhh! Seems simple enough. I think the term "mailserver" was causing me to think "host and domain name". Thanks again.
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Old 15th July 2006, 13:53
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