Re: Mail to

Eric Fagan ( (no email) )
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 17:44:23 -0600

The AOL mail deal used to be a problem with me. I'm not a DNS guru by any
means, but I was told by several that AOL returns truncated DNS entries.
What this looks like: I don't know. But I do know that it screwed up my
mail for quite a while until an update for my SMTP server came out
addressing the AOL issue.

QUICK FIX: (Tested and used by me previously: unknown if this will work
now). Some SMTP servers have trouble handling AOL's truncated returns.
Solution: Create an AOL.COM DNS zone hosted on your own system. Do a
dig/nslookup & find some of AOL's lower priority (higher numbered) mail
machines, and create a couple MX records in your local AOL.COM zone
pointing to those IP addresses. Now you won't have to rely on AOL's
screwed up DNS returns. AOL mail lookups will be local on your system.
Please don't ask me how to create a new DNS zone on your server - I won't
know what to tell you. Be advised that this will most likely affect users'
ability to visit AOL websites.


> From: John Lange <>
> To:
> Subject: Re: Mail to
> Date: Monday, June 16, 1997 4:38 PM
> Don't forget the inherent problems caused by their backbone provider
> Sprint(missing)Link.
> JOhn :}
> > >Does anyone else have trouble getting mail to
> >
> > we've had all sort of problems with email and web traffic to,
> > ostensibly because of they high level of traffic they are(n't)
> handling...
> >
> > so far, none of our customers have whined too loudly...
> >
> John C. Lange, Sr. PALACE dot NET, INC.
> MICRO-TECH Computers!
> 608.742.1601 & 6980 2800 New Pinery Road, Suite 10
> Portage, WI 53901
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