Advice on SPF and sending mail to hotmail & yahoo
I'm running CentOS 5 with Sendmail, and it's configured to forward any mail to my domains (e.g. mydomain.com) to another email address. I also send mail from this server, but also from my home ISP's SMTP servers.
Can I use SPF in this case? I'm fairly new to it, so I need to understand it a bit better. I want to use SPF so I can increase my chances of delivering mail to the likes of Yahoo, AOL and Hotmail.
I use Linode's DNS, so when I do a reverse lookup on my IP it resolves to the Linode host name (rather than my domain name). In this case, do I include the Linode host name in the SPF record?
Any help would be much apreciated.
Secondly, one of the huge advantages (in my opinion) of running a Linode is that you don't need to rely on your ISP's outbound SMTP. It's pretty easy to set up any modern MTA to use TLS & authentication. Then you just set up your mail clients to route through your Linode at all times. That makes your SPF record very easy: "v=spf1 mx -all" If your ISP is blocking outbound access on port 25, no problem. Set up your MTA to listen on a second, unblocked port. No more problem! I've done it like this for years and it makes dealing with email from my laptop so much better.
Anyway, that's my $0.02
And yes, setting all your mail to go through your linode instead of using your ISPs servers is not too hard. I'm too stupid to figure out TLS (well, not TLS itself, but the morass that is SASL ("Simple" my a**!)), but UUCP works nicely!
% cat /etc/stunnel/stunnel.conf cert=/etc/stunnel/stunnel.pem [uucp] accept = 12345 exec = /usr/sbin/uucico execargs = uucico -l
% cat /etc/uucp/port port ssl-remote type pipe command /usr/bin/openssl s_client -connect remote_machine:uucp-ssl -quiet
(where "uucp-ssl" is defined in /etc/services to match the stunnel config)
% cat /etc/uucp/sys call-login * call-password * commands /usr/bin/rmail max-remote-debug none system remote time Any # port tcpip port ssl-remote address remote-machine chat-seven-bit false chat ogin: \L ssword: \P called-login Uremote chat-timeout 60
(The rest of the UUCP config goes as normal with /etc/uucp/passwd, and /etc/uucp/call)