Knowledgebase: Backup
How do you test backup mail?
Posted by Darren Radsmith on 21 September 2004 08:42 PM

Please ensure you have allowed 2 hours after creating the domain for backup email services to make sure that all of the mail servers have been updated to accept mail with your new configurations. DNS Made Easy opeerates mail servers in multiple geographic locations so it does take some time to update all of the mail clusters securely.

Possible tests include:

  1. Turn off your mail server temporarily and send yourself an email.
  2. Change the settings in your mail client (such as Outlook) to use the DNS Made Easy mail servers as your SMTP server. Then send yourself an email. The backup mail server will relay the email to the final destination.
  3. If you understand the SMTP protocol you can telnet to the DNS Made Easy mail servers (on port 25) and send yourself an email message.

We have a tutorial for testing backup email services present here.

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