hMailServer is a free, open source, e-mail server for Microsoft Windows. It’s used by Internet service providers, companies, governments, schools and enthusiasts in all parts of the world.
It supports the common e-mail protocols (IMAP, SMTP and POP3) and can easily be integrated with many existing web mail systems. It has flexible score-based spam protection and can attach to your virus scanner to scan all incoming and outgoing email.
- A domain name with administrative rights
- A public static IP address
- A VPS or physical server running Windows
- Windows 11 | 10 | 8 | 7
- Windows Server 2022 | 2019 | 2016 | 2012
In this series, hMailServer on Windows
- Part 1 – Create the Necessary Records (A, MX, PTR, SPF, DMARC) for hMailServer
- Part 2 – Install and Configure hMailServer on Windows
- Part 3 – Create Accounts and Setup Email on Email Client : ✍️ updating
- Part 4 – Install and Configure DKIM for hMailServer: ✍️ updating
- Part 5 – Install and Configure SSL on hMailServer: ✍️ updating
- Part 6 – Install and Configure WebAdmin for hMailServer:✍️ updating
- Part 7 – Install and Integrate SpamAssassin on hMailServer: ✍️ updating
- Part 8 – Install and Integrate ClamAV on hMailServer: ✍️ updating
- Part 9 – Install and Configure WebMail with Roundcube for hMailServer: ✍️ updating
- Part 10 – Configure Multi Domain on hMailServer: ✍️ updating
Throughout the series of articles about hMailServer, we assume the following:
- My domain: totatca.xyz
- Public static IP Address: 220.127.116.11
- A VPS on Vultr: Windows 10
What are the records for hMailServer
The necessary records for the hMailServer are as follows:
✳️ A Record (Address Record): The A record specifies the IP Address of the Mail Server
✳️ PTR Record (Pointer Record): The PTR record is typically used ti establish a reverse relationship, from an IP Address to a Domain name.
Note: – If you are using a Public static IP Address provided by your ISP, you need to contact them to create a PTR record. If you are using a VPS, you can create it directly from the VPS administration page.
✳️ MX Record (Mail Exchanger Record): The MX Record specifies the Mail Server responsible for receiving and handling Email for a specific domain
✳️ SPF Record (Sender Policy Framework): The SPF Record defines a list of authorized servers that are allowed to send email on behalf of the specific domain.
✳️ DMARC Record (Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting, and Conformance): DMARC helps manage and control email authentication and provides reporting on email activities.
✳️ DKIM Record (DomainKeys Identified Mail): DKIM is a method to verify the authenticity of an email through adding a digital signature to the email header. ( Detail in the Part 4 )