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I run smtp and pop3 server in local computer. I have domain name and set up MX record for this domain. Please, explain me anybody how smtp server name depend at MX record? And where must i specify the MX record in smtp server config?

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Maybe first paragraph of wikipedia's entry will help

A mail exchanger record (MX record) is a type of resource record in the Domain Name System that specifies a mail server responsible for accepting email messages on behalf of a recipient's domain and a preference value used to prioritize mail delivery if multiple mail servers are available. The set of MX records of a domain name specifies how email should be routed with the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol.

So, MX records specify which server is responsible for a domain.

On the side of the receiving server you don't need to specify a MX record, but only domain name and you have to allow connection from the internet.

Once that is done you have

  • MX record which allows any mail server to know where to route mail (to which server)
  • a receiving server which accepts the mail

Result is that mail is delivered.

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The smtp server name must be same as mx record? –  shk Jan 21 '11 at 9:51
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MX record is a mail server. –  Unreason Jan 21 '11 at 9:53

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