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SMTP with MS SBS 2003

peka2k
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Registered: ‎27-03-2009

SMTP with MS SBS 2003

Hi
i have been through the archives for like two days straight but can't find anything like the problem i am having..
i have set up a small SBS at my house with exchange. all set up ok (i believe) everyone can access the internet and so can the server. can send mail via exchange but can receive it?
i have sent the finger command and it says 90 mails in the queue but nothing happens after that??
i have activated forwarding on the router to the server and set up to receive SMPT to my username.plus.com and the domains activated to SMTP deliver.
but i haven’t touched the MX records as from what i read i didn’t need to unless i select other.. is that correct?
anyone got any idea why i cant receive mail?
any help would be brilliant
thanks
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itsme
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

The DNS records can take several hours to update. My first suggestion is to do an MX look up on the domains to see where the MX records are pointing. If you can use http://www.iptools.com/ to do this. The first recound should be pointing to the IP address that you have your server, the next record should autoturn the the last record will be be PN MX last.
peka2k
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

thanks for your help itsme,
; <<>> DiG 9.3.4-P1.1 <<>> -t MX xx.co.uk
;; global options: printcmd
;; Got answer:
;; ->>HEADER<<- opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 47796
;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 3, AUTHORITY: 2, ADDITIONAL: 3
;; QUESTION SECTION:
;xx.co.uk. IN MX
;; ANSWER SECTION:
xxk.co.uk. 14400 IN MX 5 mail.xx.co.uk.
xx.co.uk. 14400 IN MX 10 autoturn.plus.net.uk.
xx.co.uk. 14400 IN MX 20 mx.last.plus.net.
;; AUTHORITY SECTION:
xx.co.uk. 14400 IN NS ns1.force9.net.
xx.co.uk. 14400 IN NS ns2.force9.net.
;; ADDITIONAL SECTION:
mail.xxk.co.uk. 14400 IN A 80.229.156.xx
ns1.force9.net. 171199 IN A 195.166.128.16
ns2.force9.net. 171199 IN A 195.166.128.17
;; Query time: 118 msec
;; SERVER: 69.56.222.10#53(69.56.222.10)
;; WHEN: Fri Mar 27 09:35:05 2009
;; MSG SIZE rcvd: 208

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i'm guessing then the MX records are correct so i must have made a mistake on the setup? or am i missing something?
itsme
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

Port forwarding through your router?
peka2k
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

port is forwarded direct to the server - that what i thought as well, and i checked that it wasn't being firewalled..
itsme
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

check that the ports are open be going to http://www.yougetsignal.com/tools/open-ports/
peka2k
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

Itsme you could well be a genius 
Port 25 is closed on 80.229.156.xx
I’m guessing the router could have a problem! as it is telling me it is open...  Will have a play around with it
itsme
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

I don't know whether you want to edit your post to hide your web and IP addresses as this is a public forum? Your router port could be open as it's the server that will respond to the request. So are you running a firewall on the server?
peka2k
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

have just hidden them cheers mate - wouldnt to to hard to figure out if people really wanted to though  Smiley
no i have deactivated the firewall for testing purposes - i'm thinking it is a router problem  - will swap it out tonight for testing
thanks for your help mate! you need an award or something Smiley
itsme
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

and I forgot to ask, have you disabled PN firewall found here https://portal.plus.net/my.html?action=firewall
peka2k
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

i have indeed - first thing i tried Smiley
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

Have you rebooted your router since you turned the Plusnet firewall off?
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peka2k
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Re: SMTP with MS SBS 2003

Got it working - it was the router Smiley
cheers for the help guys Smiley