How can I test backup mail service without taking down my clients server?

scott

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How can I test the backup mail service without taking down my clients server?

They have the service but are not sure if it is working. :thanks:
 

popowich

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Re: How can I test backup-mx service without taking down my clients server?

Hi Scott,

You can try doing a manual smtp conversation with telnet to see if their service works.

Here is what to expect from a manual smtp conversation with telnet.

Everything in quotes is what you should be typing into the telnet session.

telnet backup-mail-server.their-domain.com 25

If you need their MX record you can use dig or nslookup to view their MX records.

You will receive a 220 response along the way for every good part of the conversation that is not rejected
helo scott

You computer or domain name is better, but scott should be OK for most servers.




This is a test e-mail


The dot on a line by itself ends the message body.

If all has gone well to this point you'll get a message returned such as :

250 Ok: queued as ABC123

If you have any additional questions please let us know.
 
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popowich

EQ Forum Admin
Staff member
Hi Scott,

Double check that you are typing the correct server name.

Double check that you do not have an anti-virus program on your computer that is blocking outbound email connections.
 
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