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How can I setup a local mac mail server? I have a static IP now... What do I do next?

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Nov 26, 2012 9:16 AM

Ok so let me break down my situation quickly:


-I bought last week a static IP address.

-I bought a domain name from some company. Lets just call it


When I still had a dynamic IP my mail was being served by my domain provider.

Now that we have a static IP, they have nothing to do with providing us mail anymore (so they say), and the accounts that I made 2 weeks ago dont work anymore (ie. They said they also made an MX record on their end (not sure exactly what that is or means but just to give you that info..)


So how do we get mail on our server now? How does this work exactly? How do I create new accounts? It was so easy when we had a dynamic IP cuz then I just simply went into the cPanel of the domain site and created new mail accounts in like 3 seconds! How do I do this with my new static IP? I have the Server app btw that I purchased from the App Store. Don't know exactly how it works, clueless really.


Any help is appreciated! Thank you!

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), 2.53 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 8 GB RAM
  • Pierre Froelicher1 Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)


    You opened a nice box of worms. :-).

    Just because you have a static IP address does NOT mean that you have to host the mail service on a local server.

    Maintaining a server is quite tricky and IF your ISP is really shutting down the Mail service for your domain you should consider google apps to give you 24/7, 99.99% uptime mail and other services.


    If you would like to dig into running your own server, you have to have a Mac, which will be up and running ALL the time and connected to the internet. Then with your fixed IP you make one nameserver entry in your controlpanel of your ISP.

    Then you follow the manual

    to set up your server and it's possible services.



  • Pierre Froelicher1 Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)


    really, the manual IS a step by step. Fully Qualified Domain Names get covered, how to set up A-Records at your ISP so that resolves to your fixed IP and all the rest.

    Dig into it and then come up with more concise questions, which we/I can gladly help you.


    Based on your questions you have to start with "fundamentals". It is really very well written.


    Just one "opinion". If you set up your first Server in your life, you go online right away having users depend on the data served, you do not know somethings about DNS, A-Records, MX-Records, SSL and then you have your whole team looking at you when email is down.... is a recipe for sleepless nights.


    I would strongly consider hiring a consultant for you first try, or leave such a essential service as "email" onto your ISP or google apps, until you have the server up and running with filesharing, calendars, website or whatever service you might offer.





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