[thelist] Webserver separate from mail server?

tim tim at hyperlinkage.com
Tue Dec 12 20:40:56 CST 2006

Flavia Tarzwell (FayeC) wrote:
> Can anybody tell me if it's possible to run a mail server separately 
> from the web server?

You need full control over the site's DNS records.

Usually a domain is configured with an "A" record, which points the name 
to an IP.

What you need to do is create (or change) an "MX" record to point to the 
IP address of the mail server.  MX means "mail exchange".

If you don't have DNS control then ask the hosting company to:

"Switch the MX record to [...IP ADDRESS...]"

Hope this helps,


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