Remote website, local email

dory36

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A new client has a website on a server that does not offer email service. She uses an email service provided by her ISP. She is changing ISPs in a few weeks, and wants to have me provide email service plus some subdomain websites.

To start, I created a local account with the new client's domain name, and set her MX record to the ISP so email from me will still get to her prior to getting accounts moved. Then I set up subdomains on my server, and had her web guy add the subdomains with the IP of my server to his nameserver record.

So far so good.

I am assuming we can just have the remote guy add a mail subdomain pointing to my IP, then change the MX to mail.clientdomain.com, and we'll be OK. Sound right?

Thanks -- Bill
 
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A new client has a website on a server that does not offer email service. She uses an email service provided by her ISP. She is changing ISPs in a few weeks, and wants to have me provide email service plus some subdomain websites.

To start, I created a local account with the new client's domain name, and set her MX record to the ISP so email from me will still get to her prior to getting accounts moved. Then I set up subdomains on my server, and had her web guy add the subdomains with the IP of my server to his nameserver record.

So far so good.

I am assuming we can just have the remote guy add a mail subdomain pointing to my IP, then change the MX to mail.clientdomain.com, and we'll be OK. Sound right?

Thanks -- Bill
Bill, that sounds doable. It certainly would be better though if your server were the authoritative one, since the adding of the subdomains would be instant and would not require that somebody else add info to their dns files. But I think you already knew that.

Yes, have the 'remote guy' add an MX record for mail.whateverthedomainis.com that points to a valid hostname - then make sure he also has a mapping for that hostname (an "A" record) that resolves that hostname to the proper IP of your server. And of course make sure once the 'remote guy' makes the DNS changes, you go back into your config and set the MX to your server again for this domain.

Mike