Access Email after MX change


#1

Hey folks, how do you access your email boxes after changing an MX record? I’m moving a site and need to be able to check for messages in both places (old server and new one) during the propogation of the nameserver changes.

It would be great to be able to find out how to check it:

  1. through webmail (user@swarthymail-mx1.dreamhost.com?)
  2. IMAP to existing mailboxes at swarthymail-mx1.dreamhost.com

thx
J


#2

u only check inboxs…
no mater where they are as of MXs servers.

if u have your mxs here at DH, u check the boxs under your domain, or at the server you are hosted.

if u are using external mx, like google apps, the u would check your email at google apps.


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#3

thanks, but what would the old mail server’s address be, after changing an MX record, since the inbox would still exist after the mx points to a new server?

basically, how do you get access to your “old” messages, after changing to a new server?


#4

u are mixing up.
one thing is where the inbox is, the other is setting up an MX for a domain, telling FUTURE emails where to be sent.

again: if your old inboxs are at DH u can see them as u always did.


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#5

ok, thanks. but here’s the deal:

For one of my sites, I changed hosts from DH to another. The nameserver change has gone in, but since it takes a few days for everything to propogate, my email is sitting in 2 places. I know this, because I’m getting new email at my new host, but when sending test emails through my current ISP those emails are going to DH, since I am not seeing them in my new inbox.

make sense? My email is sitting in 2 places, and when checking mail at the domain, it is only showing me the new server’s email, NOT the old DH email.

So, what ‘backend’ address do I access the old DH email?

thx
J


#6

how are u checking emails on both accounts?
by webmail??
if so, all your OLD email will be kept on the account it was before…
it wont magically move.
U will still be able to see that account via POP/I MAP/webmail.
but after propagation, no more email will be sent there.

just use www.dnsstuff.com or www.dnsreport.com to see the new status.
they dont use DNS cache, so u will see results realtime


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#7

[quote]how are u checking emails on both accounts?

[/quote]

I’m not, and I’d like to be.

That is why I need an address for the DH mail server, a backend address to get to the mail server, since the name has already propogated to the new host. There are still emails going to the old DH server. I know this from sending test emails.

thx
J


#8

how did u used to check your OLD inbox at dh?
pop?
do the same as u did BEFORE u changed MXs


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#9

well, it was at the domain’s mail server. ‘mail.domain.com

but that don’t work anymore, since this sends me to the new host’s mail server :wink:


#10

so i also change Nameservers, not only MXs.
ah ok

try the old IP, or the old DH server name.

try even domain.com without “mail.”


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#11

yep, you are right, I should have said I changed the nameservers, sorry

I don’t know what the DH IP is, or server name, and need to find that information

thx
J


#12

I think it is on ‘swarthy’

what would the webmail address be for that ?


#13

i’m not (yet) a costumer of Dh, so i’m not sure how they handle those thinks.

isnt that on one of emails from DH when u signup?

a search at wiki:
http://wiki.dreamhost.com/index.php/Webmail
You can check your webmail by going to https://webmail.YOURDOMAIN.com (or .net, or whatever your site is). This is a great way for checking your email remotely from any location that offers internet access!


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#14

I have to search around and find the way to check email without using the domain name. Since the nameservers are changed, https://webmail.YOURDOMAIN.com won’t work.

thx
J


#15

try webmail.swarthy.dreamhost.com


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#16

IF you go to webmail.dreamhost.com, and enter your email address (youruser@yourdomain.com) you may be able to get at it that way, even if your domain’s mx has been changed.

–rlparker


#17

thanks, that works for my domains that aren’t changed, but not for the one I need

good idea though


#18

I’m sorry that turned out to be a “bum” tip ; I did not know if it would work or not (and didn’t have a good “test” circumstance available on my end) but thought it might be worth a try as DH mail “innerworkings” are not completely transparent. :wink:

Hopefully, the “borked” attempt was not too frustrating.

–rlparker


#19

If you have set up webmail, it’ll show up in your DNS under Manage Domains:
https://panel.dreamhost.com/index.cgi?tree=domain.manage&

Try connecting to the IP address. If that doesn’t work, set up your own local hosts file with webmail.yourdomain.com and the IP address and try that. I know that for the Mac, it’s /etc/hosts. For windows, I found this:
Windows XP = C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Windows 2K = C:\WINNT\SYSTEM32\DRIVERS\ETC
Win 98/ME = C:\WINDOWS

-Scott


#20

And why not try the same thing with your mail client? Instead of checking for mail at mail.yourdomain.com, check your DreamHost DNS for the IP address of mail.yourdomain.com and point your mail client to the IP address instead.

-Scott