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Remove Apache ServerAlias setting for mail.domain.tld?

Discussion in 'EasyApache' started by thowden, May 16, 2018.

  1. thowden

    thowden Member

    May 17, 2013
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    Hi All

    Reviewing the Apache configuration on a server WHM 70.x I noted that the httpd.conf file includes ServerAlias setting for "mail.clientdomain.tld" even when the DNS explicitly is set for remote mail and the "mail" host record is pointed to an external server / service IP address or cname.

    My understanding is that Apache will never respond to that ServerAlias.

    Looking at the Apache template:


    the values are populated from %vhost.serveralias_array variable and that I guess is populated from the account create process with a new account.

    Is there a method to change the setup so that the "mail." entry is removed from the Apache config ?


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  2. cPanelMichael

    cPanelMichael Technical Support Community Manager
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    Apr 11, 2011
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    Hello Tony,

    First, you'll want to exclude the "mail" alias from the AutoSSL system using the SSL/TLS Status option in cPanel:

    SSL TLS Status - Version 70 Documentation - cPanel Documentation

    You can then setup "mail.domain.tld" using the Subdomains option in cPanel. This automatically generates a separate virtual host for the "mail" subdomain and removes the existing "mail.domain.tld" entry from the ServerAlias line in the previous Virtual Host it was a part of. You can then update it's DNS record to suit your preference.

    If you'd like to disable mail as a serveralias entry at creation time for new domain names, then you'd need to follow the steps referenced on the following thread:

    Disable default www entry for all subdomains and hostname

    Thank you.
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