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DreamHost registration/email on a DO hosted website

  • Posted June 29, 2015
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My domain is through Dreamhost and I have it hosted on DO. Does anyone have experience setting up an email address on Dreamhost to forward to another email address?

I set it up on Dreamhost and tried to email that address, but it doesn’t work. Not sure if sending an email to noreply@domain.com is trying to go to DO or to Dreamhost’s service.

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actually–come to think of it spamassassin isn’t necessary. All done here then. woot!

I seem to recall that Dreamhost only supplies email to domains that you have hosting (through them).

They do not supply email to domains that are simply registered.

It is possible to set up your DO droplet to be an email server/forwarder, but it can be a pain. I have one working and it has been chugging away just fine for several months now.

Hey @sierracircle , that was right on the money. Had to adjust it so that it would forward, but that was surprisingly easy. While editing the /etc/postfix/virtual file, you put the email you want it to (instead of just the username on the server), and it works perfect. Thanks again!

Now onto the spamassassin. I dont think I’ll need dovecot since I won’t be emailing back on the server, only via an email app

it can be a lot of dinkering, so go into it when you have some time. Here is one tutorial:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-configure-a-mail-server-using-postfix-dovecot-mysql-and-spamassassin

I think I used this tutorial: https://www.exratione.com/2014/05/a-mailserver-on-ubuntu-1404-postfix-dovecot-mysql/

which I like because it lets you put your users/email in a database.

Whats the best way to set that up?

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No problem to use dreamhost email. Resgister the domain on both dreamhost and digitalocean making the DH registration “DNS Only”. Register the emails on DH. On domains listing, click on DNS and copy all email related entries to the DigitalOcean domain ( MX, TXT and A records ). Yours emails will starting to working once the DNS propagation is complete.

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it can be a lot of dinkering, so go into it when you have some time. Here is one tutorial:

https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-configure-a-mail-server-using-postfix-dovecot-mysql-and-spamassassin

I think I used this tutorial: https://www.exratione.com/2014/05/a-mailserver-on-ubuntu-1404-postfix-dovecot-mysql/

which I like because it lets you put your users/email in a database.

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