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Old 08-07-2006, 05:51 PM   #1
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Sendmail 8.12.10 setup

Hi all,

I have a problem which I need help with.

I have two sendmail servers (eg. & both running Sendmail 8.12.10.

Both have public IP address, and DNS is configured so that has a lower MX record value than bill also runs an IMAP server.

Day to day, mail is delivered to bill and is retrieved using my IMAP client. If bill gets disabled for any reason, all incoming mail is sent to ben.

However, I'm trying to find a way so that when bill comes back online, all mail sitting on ben is sent to that server automatically.

Does anyone know how I might configure Sendmail to do this?

Many thanks,

Old 08-21-2006, 10:06 AM   #2
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Well now I have the answer, I thought I would take the time to come back and share.

The answer is pretty easy really. Once you have the MX records set up, all you have to do is set the 'DS' option is on the secondary server to point to the primary.

So in the example above, I would edit on to say:

This tells sendmail to use bill as a smart host. And if you don't want sendmail to look the address up in DNS (eg. the address is already defined in your hosts file) then you would use:

You can also replace the FQDN with an IP address.

One last thing, you also have to add your domain (in this case to your access file - otherwise Sendmail will think you are trying to relay through it.

To do this, add:

Code:          OK
to your access file. Don't forget to then turn the file into access.db by using:

makemap hash access.db < access
Then reboot and that should be all there is to it!

Old 09-29-2006, 04:01 AM   #3
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MX records

Based on this problem what will I put on my SMTP and POP3 email client? How do I setup my MX records?


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