running a mailserver fom vmware work station

Discussion in 'Server Operation' started by wiseman, Jan 4, 2009.

  1. wiseman

    wiseman New Member


    I want to run a mail server from within debian linux guest with vmware workstation xp host. The setup is a bridged network connection

    I know what I must do I think (see below ) but I do not know how
    please can you point me to some howto;s that may help

    here are things that need to be done:

    a)Configure the Guest with a static IP on my home network. Verify that I can telnet to port 25 of the Guest from a system on my home network.

    B)Then configure my home firewall/NAT box to forward incoming connections on TCP port 25 to the static IP address I gave my Guest. Then test that I can telnet to port 25 from a system outside my home network.

    c)After that I need to configure the appropriate DNS records for my domain so that outside hosts know how to contact my mailserver.

    thanks for any feedback

    wiseman or not so wise:)
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2009
  2. zcworld

    zcworld New Member

    if you using an free DNS name like from no-ip or dyndns
    than you dont need to worry about doing an MX records ....

    to see if your server ports are working than goto like and tell it to test port 25 and it will tell you if the port is open or not
    if not
    than you have got a firewall / port forwarding problem or maybe the ISP blocks port 25

    but besides that you got what u need to do down right :)
  3. wiseman

    wiseman New Member

    re mailserver

    thants for your tips but sttill need to know howto do the actual points in ato c in my orininal post.


  4. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Take a look at chapter 5 on .

    You can easily do this in the web interface of your router.

    Do you have a static public IP address?
  5. wiseman

    wiseman New Member

    ew mailserver

    thanks for your reply falko

    yes i have a static ip address from my isp:)
  6. falko

    falko Super Moderator ISPConfig Developer

    Ok, then you create an A record, e.g., pointing to your static public IP, and then afterwards an MX record like this: MX 0

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