Confused about MX records

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by miha1978, Jun 1, 2006.

  1. miha1978

    miha1978 New Member

    > Hi
    > My name is Tom, and i work part-time in small local ISP company
    > in Croatia. The old Admin quit the job, and all he leaved was a
    > complete mess behind and the boss assigned me to manage the DNS
    > servers, customer care etc.
    > The newest assignment for me is to create a hosting server
    > running ISPconfig because the firm has an extra server on which
    > I installed CentOS 4.3 and all needed services. I assigned a
    > fixed public IP address for the server and A
    > record (linhost1) on a firms DNS server under
    > /var/named/ and I even configured reverse zone and
    > the are fully operational link.
    > ISPConfig installation went flawless. The main problem is that
    > reading the forums I am totally lost regarding MX records for
    > future domains on my server. Is ISPConfig creating automatically
    > MX records for on my server or I have to put it in
    > zone files for every domain? Does needs to
    > be in MX record or created domain will be in MX record on my
    > server machine?
    > And one more thing during installation of ISPConfig when the
    > following information has to be provided:
    > Please enter your MySQL server: E.G. localhost
    > Please enter your MySQL user: E.G. root
    > Please enter your MySQL password: Your MySQL password
    > Please enter a name for the ISPConfig database: E.g. ispconfigdb
    > Please enter the IP address of the ISPConfig web: E.g.
    > <--I put a fixed IP address of my machine running
    > (in my case is is that okay because all that
    > forum guys confuse me
  2. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Only if you check the "Default MX" checkbox. You must check this for every domain/subdomain that you want to receive emails for. If you create a web site and check "Default MX", then an MX record will be created for, allowing to receive emails for If you want to have an MX record for, go to the Co-Domains tab and check "Default MX" for the Co-Domain

    But it might be easier not to use the "Default MX" checkboxes and create your MX records in the DNS Manager. That's how I do it. I always create an A record like, and then an MX record for pointing to

    You must use the IP address you see for eth0 when you run

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