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  1. #1
    Junior Member
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    Jan 2006

    Default MX priorities for 2 mail servers

    I am trying to resolve "client not being able to recieve emails"
    Here is the scoop.
    Yesterday, I pointed DNS to wh. Since then client is not able to get mail. client has 2 mail servers. My email to him bounced back wih error message "Connection refused". I have mail servers with priorities 10 and 20 for and respectively.

    My question is this:
    Is this problem stemming from having different priorities?
    Can I have same priorities for both? If not, why not.

    Thanks for your help


  2. #2
    Senior Member rolling's Avatar
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    May 2004
    Different day, different place


    Shouldn't. Have you tried using telnet to connect to the mail servers?

    telnet 25
    A typical conversation goes something like this (your entry in bold)

    telnet 25
    220 ESMTP Sendmail 8.11.6/8.11.6; Thu, 26 Oct 2006 11:18:07 -0600
    HELO john
    250 Hello [], pleased to meet you
    MAIL FROM: test@
    250 2.1.0 test@ Sender ok
    RCPT TO:
    250 2.1.5 Recipient ok
    354 Enter mail, end with "." on a line by itself
    Date: Sun,17 Aug 1997 18:48:15 +0200
    From: Me <>
    To: You <>
    Subject: This is a test message

    This is the message body

    250 2.0.0 k9QHLHX00862 Message accepted for delivery
    221 2.0.0 closing connection

    Connection to host lost.

    Or for the POP3 (receiving) side of things

    telnet 110
    +OK AVG POP3 Proxy Server <> 7.1.400/7.1.408 [268.13.11/494]
    USER validuser
    +OK Password required for validuser
    PASS xxxxxxxx
    +OK validuser has 10 visible messages (0 hidden) in 1275592 octets.
    +OK 10 1275592
    +OK 10 visible messages (1275592 octets)
    1 20018
    2 19726
    9 18883
    10 519
    RETR 10
    +OK 519 octets
    Return-Path: <test>test@
    Received: from john ([])
    by (8.11.6/8.11.6) with SMTP id k9QHLHX00862
    for; Thu, 26 Oct 2006 11:21:48 -0600
    Message-Id: <>
    X-Envelope-From: test@
    X-Protocol: SMTP
    Date: Sun,17 Aug 1997 18:48:15 +0200
    From: Me <>
    To: "" <>
    Subject: This is a test message
    X-UIDL: O*5!!PS:"!7Jk"!~+="!
    X-Antivirus: AVG for E-mail 7.1.408 [268.13.11/494]
    Mime-Version: 1.0
    Content-Type: text/plain

    This is the message body

    No virus found in this incoming message.
    Checked by AVG Free Edition.
    Version: 7.1.408 / Virus Database: 268.13.11/494 - Release Date: 24/10/2006

    +OK Pop server at signing off.

    Connection to host lost.

    The other thing to do is to go to and fill out the DNS Lookup for the MX records of your domain in the top right box
    Last edited by rolling; 10-26-2006 at 11:50 AM.

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  3. #3
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    Thanks for the detailed info. When I tried telnet it just stayed blank no response at all. I am going to try dns next


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