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Old 07-10-2003, 12:08 AM   #1
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I request Sendmail guidance


Well I am at a new road in Linux. Sendmail. From what I understand, Sendmail is a sort of mission impossible. I'm also aware that there are a few easier paths. But from what I understand, Sendmiail is the best quality choice.

So I'm hoping that others who have already goen down this road could point me down the right road in terms of tutorials, pointers, etc.

Here are the details of the situation:

-I am running RedHat 9.0 with graphics mode installed.
-I have a purchased domain [dalive.com]
-This domain is currently attached to a web host [Freeservers.com]
-I intend to and I'm in the process of switching all the websited functionality to my Linux box
-I currently have no DNS server running.
-I do not know how to properly setup a DNS server although there seems to be a GUI to aid in that field. But it makes little sense to me.
-I currently do not have the Sendmail service running
-Both the DNS Server packages and the Mail Server packages shipped with RedHat 9.0 are installed

I have gotten a lot of experience is Linux, but I'd still consider myself a

Also I'd like to know if it's possible to use MySQL to store the Sendmail users information instead of having actual Linux users.

I'd really appreciate a push in the right direction. Thanks.
 
Old 07-18-2003, 10:04 PM   #2
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Somebody....Anybody....HELP!!!!!!
 
Old 07-19-2003, 12:20 AM   #3
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First, if dalive.com is a parked domain, you will need to get the powers to manage your domain
Second, you have the option to either host the domain on your server. OR allow FreeServer to host your domain and you manage it.
Third, you will need a MX entry that points to your mail server
Also, A records for your mailserver and www.

Hope this helps.

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Old 07-19-2003, 01:11 AM   #4
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Ok I think I'm understanding you a bit so far...

First of, what is a parked domain? If it helps to know.. I purchased the domain from Register.com

My aim is to host the domain on my Linux server this is what I'd like direction in doing first of.

I also need explantiosn and reading material on MX entires etc. My search queries coem abck to cluttered to eb useful.

Thanks so far.
 
Old 07-19-2003, 01:45 AM   #5
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A parked domain is where you buy a domain but you don't have the resources (including time, perhaps) to manage your domain, host a website, etc. easydns.com have an explanation about Parked Domain.

If you want to host the domain server on your LinuxServer, you will need to make the necessary changes by logging into your account on register.com.

If you want to start off right away, Register.com does allow you to specify an MX entry that points to your mailserver. For that, you will need a mailserver running on your LinuxMachine.

Read the RedHat Manuals - ReferenceGuide and Customization Guide. I am presuming you use RedHat; correct me if I am wrong.

Summary of what to do to get domain server up

1. edit /etc/named.conf
2. create zone files in /var/named
3. add the MX entry and required A entries in the forward zone
file
4. start named,
5. check /var/log/messages for errors, make corrections

Sendmail steps

1. edit /etc/mail/sendmail.cf
2. add the IP Addresses of your server in DaemonPortOption
to allow mail traffic from those segments to talk to your
mailserver
3. add <LAN network address> RELAY to /etc/mail/access
4. add <external IP> OK to /etc/mail/access

Been a while since I used sendmail.... so cross check to ensure you don't setup an openrelay.
 
Old 07-19-2003, 08:56 AM   #6
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Okay that's a big help....and yes I use RedHat. Based your description, I have a parked domain, and my mission is to unpark it.

First thigns first if you may: The DNS Server

RH 9.0 has come with a GUI called "Domain Name Service". It looks easy enough to use, but that fact is that I have no experience with it or the terms used in it. (eg. Forward Master Zone, Reverse Master Zone,Slave Zone) right now I'd love to take what I would think would be a simpel step and get it to handle dalive.com and www.dalive.com as I already have my Apache webserver operational.

Thank you very much!
 
Old 07-19-2003, 11:13 AM   #7
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A suggestion

The gui based editor may mess up your domain databases. Safest bet is to edit it by hand.

copy the localhost zone in named.conf and make necessary modifications.

Then copy the localhost.zone in /var/named to say, dalive.zone.
and customize it to your needs.

All the best to daLive.com
 
Old 07-19-2003, 11:48 AM   #8
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Could you point me in the direction that points me in the direction of a tutorial that will help me to configure Named please?

Thank you.
 
Old 07-19-2003, 12:23 PM   #9
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The RedHat Manuals should have some good reference.

http://www.ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/docs/HOWTO/DNS-HOWTO

should be all that you need.
 
Old 09-24-2003, 05:47 PM   #10
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Thanks for your response. I've decided to go with a Dynmaic Ip to domain service (NO-IP)

Thanks to all.
 
  


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