John, Here is the DNS report for your domain thompsonig.com. Hopefully this will help. Category Status Test Name Information Parent PASS Missing Direct Parent check OK. Your direct parent zone exists, which is good. Some domains (usually third or fourth level domains, such as example.co.us) do not have a direct parent zone ('co.us' in this example), which is legal but can cause confusion. INFO NS records at parent servers Your NS records at the parent servers are: ns1.acomhosting.com. [220.127.116.11] [TTL=172800] [US] ns2.acomhosting.com. [18.104.22.168] [TTL=172800] [US] [These were obtained from h.gtld-servers.net] PASS Parent nameservers have your nameservers listed OK. When someone uses DNS to look up your domain, the first step (if it doesn't already know about your domain) is to go to the parent servers. If you aren't listed there, you can't be found. But you are listed there. PASS Glue at parent nameservers OK. The parent servers have glue for your nameservers. That means they send out the IP address of your nameservers, as well as their host names. PASS DNS servers have A records OK. All your DNS servers either have A records at the zone parent servers, or do not need them (if the DNS servers are on other TLDs). A records are required for your hostnames to ensure that other DNS servers can reach your DNS servers. Note that there will be problems if your DNS servers do not have these same A records. NS INFO NS records at your nameservers Your NS records at your nameservers are: ns1.acomhosting.com. [22.214.171.124] [TTL=86400] ns2.acomhosting.com. [126.96.36.199] [TTL=86400] FAIL Open DNS servers ERROR: One or more of your nameservers reports that it is an open DNS server. This usually means that anyone in the world can query it for domains it is not authoritative for (it is possible that the DNS server advertises that it does recursive lookups when it does not, but that shouldn't happen). This can cause an excessive load on your DNS server. Also, it is strongly discouraged to have a DNS server be both authoritative for your domain and be recursive (even if it is not open), due to the potential for cache poisoning (with no recursion, there is no cache, and it is impossible to poison it). Also, the bad guys could use your DNS server as part of an attack, by forging their IP address. Problem record(s) are: Server 188.8.131.52 reports that it will do recursive lookups. [test <http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/lookup.ch?domain=www.DNSstuff.com&server=184.108.40.206> ] Server 220.127.116.11 reports that it will do recursive lookups. [test <http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/lookup.ch?domain=www.DNSstuff.com&server=18.104.22.168> ] See this page <http://member.dnsstuff.com/info/opendns.php> for info on closing open DNS servers. PASS Mismatched glue OK. The DNS report did not detect any discrepancies between the glue provided by the parent servers and that provided by your authoritative DNS servers. PASS No NS A records at nameservers OK. Your nameservers do include corresponding A records when asked for your NS records. This ensures that your DNS servers know the A records corresponding to all your NS records. PASS All nameservers report identical NS records OK. The NS records at all your nameservers are identical. PASS All nameservers respond OK. All of your nameservers listed at the parent nameservers responded. PASS Nameserver name validity OK. All of the NS records that your nameservers report seem valid (no IPs or partial domain names). PASS Number of nameservers OK. You have 2 nameservers. You must have at least 2 nameservers (RFC2182 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc2182.htm> section 5 recommends at least 3 nameservers), and preferably no more than 7. PASS Lame nameservers OK. All the nameservers listed at the parent servers answer authoritatively for your domain. PASS Missing (stealth) nameservers OK. All 2 of your nameservers (as reported by your nameservers) are also listed at the parent servers. PASS Missing nameservers 2 OK. All of the nameservers listed at the parent nameservers are also listed as NS records at your nameservers. PASS No CNAMEs for domain OK. There are no CNAMEs for thompsonig.com. RFC1912 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc1912.htm> 2.4 and RFC2181 <http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/rfc.ch?detail=2181> 10.3 state that there should be no CNAMEs if an NS (or any other) record is present. PASS No NSs with CNAMEs OK. There are no CNAMEs for your NS records. RFC1912 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc1912.htm> 2.4 and RFC2181 <http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/rfc.ch?detail=2181> 10.3 state that there should be no CNAMEs if an NS (or any other) record is present. WARN Nameservers on separate class C's WARNING: All of your nameservers (listed at the parent nameservers) are in the same Class C (technically, /24) address space, which means that they are probably at the same physical location. Your nameservers should be at geographically dispersed locations. You should not have all of your nameservers at the same location. RFC2182 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc2182.htm> 3.1 goes into more detail about secondary nameserver location. PASS All NS IPs public OK. All of your NS records appear to use public IPs. If there were any private IPs, they would not be reachable, causing DNS delays. PASS TCP Allowed OK. All your DNS servers allow TCP connections. Although rarely used, TCP connections are occasionally used instead of UDP connections. When firewalls block the TCP DNS connections, it can cause hard-to-diagnose problems. WARN Single Point of Failure WARNING: Although you have at least 2 NS records, they may both point to the same server (one of our two tests shows them being the same, the other does not), which would result in a single point of failure. You are required to have at least 2 nameservers per RFC 1035 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc1035.htm> section 2.2. INFO Nameservers versions [For security reasons, this test is limited to members] PASS Stealth NS record leakage Your DNS servers do not leak any stealth NS records (if any) in non-NS requests. SOA INFO SOA record Your SOA record [TTL=86400] is: Primary nameserver: ns1.acomhosting.com. Hostmaster E-mail address: service.acomhosting.com. Serial #: 2005011497 Refresh: 10800 Retry: 3600 Expire: 604800 Default TTL: 86400 PASS NS agreement on SOA serial # OK. All your nameservers agree that your SOA serial number is 2005011497. That means that all your nameservers are using the same data (unless you have different sets of data with the same serial number, which would be very bad)! Note that the DNSreport only checks the NS records listed at the parent servers (not any stealth servers). PASS SOA MNAME Check OK. Your SOA (Start of Authority) record states that your master (primary) name server is: ns1.acomhosting.com.. That server is listed at the parent servers, which is correct. PASS SOA RNAME Check OK. Your SOA (Start of Authority) record states that your DNS contact E-mail address is: service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx (techie note: we have changed the initial '.' to an '@' for display purposes). PASS SOA Serial Number OK. Your SOA serial number is: 2005011497. This appears to be in the recommended format of YYYYMMDDnn, where 'nn' is the revision. So this indicates that your DNS was last updated on 14 Jan 2005 (and was revision #97). This number must be incremented every time you make a DNS change. PASS SOA REFRESH value OK. Your SOA REFRESH interval is : 10800 seconds. This seems normal (about 3600-7200 seconds is good if not using DNS NOTIFY; RFC1912 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc1912.htm> 2.2 recommends a value between 1200 to 43200 seconds (20 minutes to 12 hours)). This value determines how often secondary/slave nameservers check with the master for updates. PASS SOA RETRY value OK. Your SOA RETRY interval is : 3600 seconds. This seems normal (about 120-7200 seconds is good). The retry value is the amount of time your secondary/slave nameservers will wait to contact the master nameserver again if the last attempt failed. PASS SOA EXPIRE value OK. Your SOA EXPIRE time: 604800 seconds. This seems normal (about 1209600 to 2419200 seconds (2-4 weeks) is good). RFC1912 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc1912.htm> suggests 2-4 weeks. This is how long a secondary/slave nameserver will wait before considering its DNS data stale if it can't reach the primary nameserver. PASS SOA MINIMUM TTL value OK. Your SOA MINIMUM TTL is: 86400 seconds. This seems normal (about 3,600 to 86400 seconds or 1-24 hours is good). RFC2308 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc2308.htm> suggests a value of 1-3 hours. This value used to determine the default (technically, minimum) TTL (time-to-live) for DNS entries, but now is used for negative caching. MX INFO MX Record Your 1 MX record is: 5 exchangesrvr.thompsonig.com. [TTL=86400] IP=22.214.171.124 [TTL=86400] [US] PASS Low port test OK. Our local DNS server that uses a low port number can get your MX record. Some DNS servers are behind firewalls that block low port numbers. This does not guarantee that your DNS server does not block low ports (this specific lookup must be cached), but is a good indication that it does not. PASS Invalid characters OK. All of your MX records appear to use valid hostnames, without any invalid characters. PASS All MX IPs public OK. All of your MX records appear to use public IPs. If there were any private IPs, they would not be reachable, causing slight mail delays, extra resource usage, and possibly bounced mail. PASS MX records are not CNAMEs OK. Looking up your MX record did not just return a CNAME. If an MX record query returns a CNAME, extra processing is required, and some mail servers may not be able to handle it. PASS MX A lookups have no CNAMEs OK. There appear to be no CNAMEs returned for A records lookups from your MX records (CNAMEs are prohibited in MX records, according to RFC974 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc974.htm> , RFC1034 <http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/rfc.ch?detail=1034> 3.6.2, RFC1912 <http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/rfc.ch?detail=1912> 2.4, and RFC2181 <http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/rfc.ch?detail=2181> 10.3). PASS MX is host name, not IP OK. All of your MX records are host names (as opposed to IP addresses, which are not allowed in MX records). INFO Multiple MX records NOTE: You only have 1 MX record. If your primary mail server is down or unreachable, there is a chance that mail may have troubles reaching you. In the past, mailservers would usually re-try E-mail for up to 48 hours. But many now only re-try for a couple of hours. If your primary mailserver is very reliable (or can be fixed quickly if it goes down), having just one mailserver may be acceptable. PASS Differing MX-A records OK. I did not detect differing IPs for your MX records (this would happen if your DNS servers return different IPs than the DNS servers that are authoritative for the hostname in your MX records). PASS Duplicate MX records OK. You do not have any duplicate MX records (pointing to the same IP). Although technically valid, duplicate MX records can cause a lot of confusion, and waste resources. PASS Reverse DNS entries for MX records OK. The IPs of all of your mail server(s) have reverse DNS (PTR) entries. RFC1912 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc1912.htm> 2.1 says you should have a reverse DNS for all your mail servers. It is strongly urged that you have them, as many mailservers will not accept mail from mailservers with no reverse DNS entry. Note that this information is cached, so if you changed it recently, it will not be reflected here (see the www.DNSstuff.com Reverse DNS Tool <http://www.dnsstuff.com> for the current data). The reverse DNS entries are: 126.96.36.199.in-addr.arpa static-67-108-89-73.wig.tcwireless.us. <http://www.DNSstuff.com/tools/ptr.ch?ip=188.8.131.52> [TTL=38400] Mail PASS Connect to mail servers OK: I was able to connect to all of your mailservers. PASS Mail server host name in greeting OK: All of your mailservers have their host name in the greeting: exchangesrvr.thompsonig.com:<br /> 220 exchangesrvr.thompsonig.com Microsoft ESMTP MAIL Service, Version: 6.0.3790.3959 ready at Sat, 20 Oct 2007 08:53:17 -0400 <br /> PASS Acceptance of NULL <> sender OK: All of your mailservers accept mail from "<>". You are required (RFC1123 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc1123.htm> 5.2.9) to receive this type of mail (which includes reject/bounce messages and return receipts). PASS Acceptance of postmaster address OK: All of your mailservers accept mail to postmaster@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx (as required by RFC822 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc822.htm> 6.3, RFC1123 <http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/rfc.ch?detail=1123> 5.2.7, and RFC2821 <http://www.dnsstuff.com/tools/rfc.ch?detail=2821> 4.5.1). PASS Acceptance of abuse address OK: All of your mailservers accept mail to abuse@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx INFO Acceptance of domain literals WARNING: One or more of your mailservers does not accept mail in the domain literal format (firstname.lastname@example.org). Mailservers are technically required RFC1123 <http://www.DNSstuff.com/pages/rfc1123.htm> 5.2.17 to accept mail to domain literals for any of its IP addresses. Not accepting domain literals can make it more difficult to test your mailserver, and can prevent you from receiving E-mail from people reporting problems with your mailserver. However, it is unlikely that any problems will occur if the domain literals are not accepted (mailservers at many common large domains have this problem). exchangesrvr.thompsonig.com's email@example.com response:<br /> >>> RCPT TO:<firstname.lastname@example.org><br /> <<< 550 5.7.1 Unable to relay for email@example.com <br /> PASS Open relay test OK: All of your mailservers appear to be closed to relaying. This is not a thorough check, you can get a thorough one here <http://www.abuse.net/relay.html> . exchangesrvr.thompsonig.com OK: 550 5.7.1 Unable to relay for Not.abuse.see.www.DNSreport.com.from.IP.184.108.40.206@xxxxxxxxxxxxx <br /> PASS SPF record You have an SPF record <http://www.openspf.org> . This is very good, as it will help prevent spammers from abusing your domain. Your SPF record (I don't check to see if it is well designed!) is: "v=spf1 ip4:220.127.116.11 ~all" [TTL=86400] WWW INFO WWW Record Your www.thompsonig.com A record is: www.thompsonig.com. A 18.104.22.168 [TTL=86400] [US] PASS All WWW IPs public OK. All of your WWW IPs appear to be public IPs. If there were any private IPs, they would not be reachable, causing problems reaching your web site. PASS CNAME Lookup OK. Some domains have a CNAME record for their WWW server that requires an extra DNS lookup, which slightly delays the initial access to the website and use extra bandwidth. There are no CNAMEs for www.thompsonig.com, which is good. INFO Domain A Lookup Your thompsonig.com A record is: thompsonig.com. A 22.214.171.124 [TTL=86400] Legend: * Rows with a FAIL indicate a problem that in most cases really should be fixed. * Rows with a WARN indicate a possible minor problem, which often is not worth pursuing. * Note that all information is accessed in real-time (except where noted), so this is the freshest information about your domain. * Note that automated usage is not tolerated; please only view the DNS report directly with your web browser. From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Gabriel E. Rincon Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2007 7:43 AM To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: How to Clear Up Queues (and solve some of my problems!) John, The likely problem with yahoo & hotmail& gmail Is that it will use reverse lookup to ensure that the email is coming from a legit domain address. For example, if you go to dnsstuff.com and put in your domain name to check that all your dns records are correct, you will likely notice that the reverse entry for the mail.mydomain.com is probably not there, or providing erroneous info. If you are authoiritative for your domain (you control all of your DNS records), you need to make sure that the reverse zone (in my case 63.192.206-in-addr-arpa zone file) has an entry for the mx record. It could also be that your ISP (if you are not your ISP) will have to enter a record in their reverse zone file to recoird your MX record properly. Hope this helps Gabe Rincón Computer Technologies 225-293-2844 From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John L. Gitzen II Sent: Saturday, October 20, 2007 4:53 AM To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: How to Clear Up Queues (and solve some of my problems!) Simon, Thank you for the quick response. I started the process to set up SMTP connectors, but my process kept failing because of authorization. As it turns out I had two different problems with my DNS setup. Please note that DNS primary runs on the DC which I did not set up. It was configured to not allow Recursion, so my Exchange Server could never get external server address to connect the SMTP connectors with. Once that was corrected my email started flowing. The problem I was having with setting up the SMTP connectors was also likely a DNS issue. I had started to install DNS on my Exchange Server setting it up as a Secondary zone with replication from the primary DNS, but once I got into the wizard I got scared and cancelled the installation. This left DNS defined to my server but not replicating. It had no entries, including pointers to my own DC where my active directory also resides, so the wizard to define the SMTP connector failed every time because the AD check failed to even find the AD server. Almost all of my email is now flowing in and out just great - except to my yahoo.com email address. Since I use this address a lot to test and I initiate a lot of email from it, I would like to get this corrected, so I am considering the SMTP Connector route for this one domain. I posted an inquiry on yahoo.com's Contact Us link but I don't expect any amazing solutions from them. Has anyone ever had this problem and how did you approach the vendor? I think my site or my personal email address may be on yahoo.com's grey list, but I have no way to prove it. I know that the Troubleshooting Assistant shows the email leaving my site and going to mta300.mail.mud.yahoo.com, but that is as far as I can tell it gets. Also be advised that earlier yesterday I was able send and receive from my yahoo.com email address Thanks John Technology Applied -----Original Message----- From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Simon Butler Sent: Wednesday, October 17, 2007 5:21 AM To: 'exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx' Subject: [ExchangeList] Re: How to Clear Up Queues (and solve some of my problems!) Quick way to deal with those messages while you wait for the DNS to clear is to setup an SMTP connector to route email via your ISPs SMTP server. http://www.amset.info/exchange/smtp-connector.asp Also don't forget that the retry times for Exchange increase over time, so the longer it goes the more time between retries. However setup an SMTP Connector and the messages will be gone. Finally - it isn't really the MX record that is causing the problem - but PTR (aka reverse DNS) records. You need to speak to your ISP about those. Ideally you should have the server announcing itself as the same name as on the reverse DNS. Your current reverse DNS record looks like a dynamic allocation, so messages will get rejected. Simon. -- Simon Butler MVP: Exchange, MCSE Amset IT Solutions Ltd. e: simon@xxxxxxxxxxx w: www.amset.co.uk w: www.amset.info Need cheap certificates for Exchange, compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0? Go to http://www.certificatesforexchange.com/ for certificates for just $20 a year. ________________________________ From: exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:exchangelist-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John L. Gitzen II Sent: 17 October 2007 07:57 To: exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [ExchangeList] How to Clear Up Queues (and solve some of my problems!) Hello Exchange Experts! I have over 100 queues with SMTP Connector Entries for outgoing mail that is not making it to their intended recipients. I have had some problems with my DNS records and understanding how DNS works with my external webhosting company and also my Internet Provider. I hope I have those correctly set now, but with the lag in DNS records being refreshed and then Email servers recognizing the changes I am frustrated to say the least waiting to see if my email problems will clear up. At this point I can not send out email from a user on my Exchange server to any of the addresses I can query on - yahoo.com, gmail.com, Comcast.net or charter.net. They all sit waiting on the remote server to respond. So two questions - 1. How do I clear up these SMTP connector entries? Being an old school mainframer, I am used to getting error messages, being able to look them up to find the root cause and having tools I can run to tell what is going on. If they are available for Exchange they are pretty well hidden. The closest I can find is the Troubleshooting Assistant, but in my case it is not giving me back anything I can use. On my last pass it told me that it had a fatal error accessing active directory. a. The two corrections listed were to try connecting to exchange server analyzer without specifying a domain controller. I don't see where the tool ever asks for a domain controller. Under advanced login options I could specify a domain, but I don't use the advanced login, the id I am logged on with is as high up in our Active Directory as you can get. I specify an Exchange Server name and a Global Catalog Server Name. It won't run without these. b. The other possible solution says to specify a domain controller that is running and is available to you. I only have 1 domain controller, it is running, and it is available to me. I checked Active Directory on it and it is working. I have accessed the Exchange portions of the Active Directory Users on the same server, which is my exchange server that I am running my test on. I have tried to reboot both servers - AAARGGH - Nothing changed, the same results. c. Regardless of this lame solution, I have reason to believe my outgoing email is not making it to their intended SMTP connectors because the DNS MX record at the site hosting my domain was pointing to mail.thompsonig.com instead of exchangesrvr.thompsonig.com. The email going out was coming from exchangesrvr.thompsonig.com, but when the servers to a DNS lookup on thompsonig.com, it was finding mail.thompsonig.com. exchangesrvr.thompsonig.com would match the *.thompsonig.com A record that pointed to the web hosting IP address and not the ip address for my Exchange Server. So now that this is fixed - how do I get my outgoing email moving again and this stuff cleaned up 2. Second, is there a way I can test DNS and Email changes without having to wait 24 to 48 hours? This is an eternity when you have the whole company breathing down your back. My domain is thompsonig.com. my ip address for my email server should be 126.96.36.199. my Exchange server FQDN is exchangesrvr.thompsonig.com. Any and all advice is appreciated. Sorry for the long winded email, it is late. John Technology Applied The more I learn the more I realize I don't know!