Thursday, March 19, 2009

Godaddy/DynDNS E-Mail

So you get a free e-mail address with domain registration with Godaddy.com. Great! But, what if you use DynDNS for your DNS server like I do?

Godaddy recommends you use smtp.secureserver.net and mailstore1.secureserver.net for your MX records. DynDNS chokes on smtp.secureserver.net because it is a CNAME, not an A record.

Digging into the documentation on DynDNS, it looks like you have to do a host lookup and supply the REAL A name for smtp.secureserver.net, which turns out to be smtp.where.secureserver.net.

I supplied smtp.where.secureserver.net and mailstore1.secureserver.net (already an A name) and DynDNS is now happy.

I am waiting to see if Godaddy gets happy. So far it still says "Pending Setup: validating MX record". Hope that's not a bad sign...

1 comment:

Dan said...

I am having the same problem. I originally purchased the domain name, hosting, and email from godaddy, but the hosting wasn't very good so I set up my computer as an Ubuntu server and use DynDNS. The problem now is getting the godaddy email to work. Did you have any success?