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Topic # 91941 24-Oct-2011 09:48
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Hi Team,

after leaving all the set up to a 3rd party provider in the past at work, I have decided to give it a go, and set up a network at home.

I have a work retired HP ML110, running OEM SBS2003 all installed, 2 x NIC (1 x WAN 1 x LAN)
Telstra Cable connection, newly installed.
Domain name registered with discount

I really need to know what I need to set up at each point.

Would like to start at discount domains, and work my way through, so I can get traffic into my new domain (I will call it

First question is do I leave the name servers at discount domains as theirs, or make it my DC? Which I will call

And then do I need to have Telstra change any records at their end?

And lastly, depending on the above questions, what do I need to change on my DNS/Exchange SMTP settings?

As I haven’t done this before, and have a basic understanding of DNS, I would really apreciate some help.

I have done a quick search of previous DNS topics, but there doesn’t seem to be anything that matches all my components.

I know it would have probably been easier to get the domain name registered and hosted by the ISP, but I was previously with Vodafone, (when I registered the domain name) and have only just moved to Telstar, and installed the DC at the same time.

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  Reply # 536877 24-Oct-2011 11:13
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There are a lot of guides on the internet for setting up SBS.

Have you got access to your DNS records/Zone File at Discount Domains?
Have you got a fixed IP address from Telstra?
If you are setting up a mail (Exchange) server, you will need a record, an MX record pointing to your fixed IP address (does not have to be, but that is most common).
You will need to get Telstra to put a PTR record on your IP address so that reverse DNS works (so if someone does an nslookup on your IP address, they get
You will need an SSL certificate also (cheap from

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  Reply # 536892 24-Oct-2011 11:41
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Thanks for the quick reply :)

I have access to the name server settings only at Discount domains, but I did lodge a query with them, but got a short reply saying my DNS settings were not set correctly on my DC, and get in touch when they were :(

I have had and added at Telstras end, and yes it is a fixed IP

I had a read up on the net about SBS set up, but it didnt seems to go as far into the other providers, just the SBS component, which I think I have correct, as I have mirrored what I have set up on the DC at work.

Will have a look at the SSL, I had used the DC to serve up it's own free one.

I have set up as an A record in the SMTP settings at moes ( :) but does this need to be an MX record at this point?

I did follow all the steps I could find, but was still getting delay, and then failure notices when testing sending mail to the domain, and the test domain in the SMTP virtual server goey was coming up that ir was an invalid domain :(

got frustrated at that point, and went for a  call for help :)


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  Reply # 536898 24-Oct-2011 12:04
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What is your "DC"?

Are you planning on just pointing your A (Telstra doesn't do ipv6 yet, I don't think, so no AAAA records) to your Telstra IP?

Are you saying you also want to run your own mail server on your home telstra connection for that domain?

Either way, i'd suggest using your registrars DNS hosting. (Incase you were thinking of trying to host your own DNS, which given you're on a single residential connection would be a bad idea!)

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  Reply # 536908 24-Oct-2011 12:37
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"DC" I was refering to was the like SBS 2003 Domain controller I have at work.

Yes I was looking to use my own server at home to control my own network, mail services, and website.

What are the issues with doing that on a home cable connection?

I am using Symantec suite including end point protection, if the concern was around security?

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  Reply # 536918 24-Oct-2011 12:59
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billyvan: "DC" I was refering to was the like SBS 2003 Domain controller I have at work.

Yes I was looking to use my own server at home to control my own network, mail services, and website.

What are the issues with doing that on a home cable connection?

I am using Symantec suite including end point protection, if the concern was around security?

I wouldn't host DNS on that setup nor email. (If it goes down, your domain/hostnames won't resolve for anyone and as a consequence you won't be able to send/receieve email for that domain.)
For DNS hosting, you want at least two seperate IPs that are on seperate boxes on seperate connections. You can assign backup MXes if you have an offsite box you're using.

How many users/mail boxes are you planning on having for that domain? If it's <10 then I'd suggest using Google Apps for domains. It's free for up to 10 users and there's a walk through on how to setup your DNS.

Also curious about why you're talking to Telstra about records? They shouldn't be involved. (Other than your connection/static IP. I don't know if they'll let you request they change the PTR record for your static IP from them)

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