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I've setup my server using the tutorial found here: http://www.howtoforge.com/perfect-server-ubuntu-10.10-maverick-meerkat-ispconfig-3

Everything is up and running but i can't get my external mail to work... I can send external mail but cannot receive it.

Any help much appreciated.

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Has any of the senders received any kind of mail notification? Have you tried to connect to your server from another network? Is it accessible? –  Pavlos G. Jul 8 '11 at 12:19
    
yes, the server is accessible from another network. it returns this all relevant MX records point to non-existent hosts but my records are correct. –  MattBH Jul 11 '11 at 7:00
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Perhaps you should try some nslookup queries to several DNS servers in order to check that your MX records are updated correctly. –  Pavlos G. Jul 11 '11 at 17:29
    
i don't know if this helps but, previously i had centOS 5.6 installed where i had the exact opposite i could receive mail but could not send mail, and the records were exactly the same. –  MattBH Jul 12 '11 at 8:42
    
Find out why point to non-existent hosts and fix that. –  cweiske Jul 14 '11 at 7:54
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Do you have a firewall enabled? If yes, open the SMTP port.

The port is at:

$ cat /etc/services|grep smtp
smtp        25/tcp      mail
ssmtp       465/tcp     smtps       # SMTP over SSL
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which port is the smtp port? –  MattBH Jul 14 '11 at 6:53
    
these are the tcp ports open in my firewall: 20,21,22,25,53,80,110,143,443,3306,8080,8081,10000 –  MattBH Jul 14 '11 at 7:26
    
okay so i've added the 465 port to the firewall list, but still not able to receive external mail –  MattBH Jul 14 '11 at 7:34
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