OT Taking care of mail errors and dnsreport.com

Scott Silva ssilva at SGVWATER.COM
Thu Feb 3 23:39:50 GMT 2005

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Billy Pumphrey wrote:
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: Kevin Miller [mailto:Kevin_Miller at CI.JUNEAU.AK.US]
>>Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2005 2:43 PM
>>Subject: Re: OT Taking care of mail errors and dnsreport.com
>>Dave Duffner - NWCWEB.com wrote:
>>>        Just as a side note on this thread I've been
>>watching... The
>>>last 2 weeks I've had very strange reports from both dnsreports and
>>>dnsstuff that don't match.  dnsreports keeps giving false
>>errors that
>>>dnsstuff shows as being OK.
>>>        So this may not even be a true error being chased down, may
>>>want to run tests through other points and see if you get the same
>>I just sent a note off to postmaster at woodmaclaw.com, but then
>>doublechecked dnsreports.  It looks like it's
>>backup.mywebmailserver.com that's misconfigured, not
>>mail.woodmaclaw.com.  All my original comments apply still, I
>>think, but the addresses in the mailer-table might be
>>different depending on his IP layout.
>>Dnsreport message:
>>ERROR: One or more of your mailservers does not accept mail
>>to postmaster at woodmaclaw.com. Mailservers are required (RFC822 6.3,
>>RFC1123 5.2.7, and RFC2821 4.5.1) to accept mail to postmaster.
>>backup.mywebmailserver.com's postmaster response:
>>>>>RCPT TO:<postmaster at woodmaclaw.com> <<< 550 5.7.1 ... we do not
>>>>>relay <>
>>Kevin Miller                Registered Linux User No: 307357
>>CBJ MIS Dept.               Network Systems Admin., Mail Admin.
>>155 South Seward Street     ph: (907) 586-0242
>>Juneau, Alaska 99801        fax: (907 586-4500
> I did receive your email that you sent to postmaster at woodmaclaw.com.  I get
> confused because of how our web site is being hosted.  It is being resaled
> who knows how many times and I can barely find out the company that actually
> host it.
> Mail.woodmaclaw.com is only a A record that points to our IP address.  My
> router then forwards the smtp traffic to the mailscanner.woodmaclaw.com <--
> I did change the name to .com.  Mailscanner.woodmaclaw.com is a local
> machine with a local IP address.  My exchange server name is
> woodendc.woodmaclaw.local and of course is a local machine.  So
> mail.woodmaclaw.com is not a machine.
> The way that the web site is hosted makes me want to change it so that at
> the least I have charge of the DNS, but yet again I could do without that
> responsibility.  That machine called backup.mywebmailserver.com, I have no
> clue what that machines function is other than to confuse me :).
> In other words I don't really know the path of the email from the beginning.
> You send me an email, goes to ns1.mydnsserver.com, ns1 says goto
> (my ip address), and then the process starts from where we have
> talked about.  So seems like maybe some of these errors from emails are
> getting bounced or error "we do not relay" because of
> backup.mywebmailserver.com?
It takes some time to get things going right. I just spent a week trying
to get MCI to give me control of my reverse dns, and 3 days to get it to
Most of your problems seem to point to your backup MX which needs the
alias from postmaster to whatever user you want to get such mail.
It also gives a different name then the DNS records think.
backup.mywebmailserver.com claims to be host email07.mywebmailserver.com.

Also, your nameservers seem to respond sporadically

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