Since its initial introduction into the business world in 2005, Google Apps has been available to small business users for free. Even when the premium version was launched in 2007, Google still maintained a free standard version for individuals and small organizations, this was great for small website, they could have their emails managed by the Big G.
But as you can read from the official blog this has come to an end:
For Businesses, instead of two versions, there will be one. Companies of all sizes will sign up for our premium version, Google Apps for Business, which includes 24/7 phone support for any issue, a 25GB inbox, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee with no scheduled downtime. Pricing is still $50 per user, per year.
This is not doable for small websites that have their own domain but don’t need this service for 50$, so a good solution in these cases is to set up on your VPS a postfix server that can forward all the emails to another email.
Before you can start to do this setup you just need to verify 2 things:
1) You need to have postfix installed, this can be easily achieved with the command:
sudo apt-get install postfix
2) The MX record of the domain you want to forward must be set to the vps with postfix installed, to check this you can use the command
dig with the option
MX, so to check the domain linuxaria.com I would use:
dig linuxaria.com mx ; DiG 9.8.1-P1 linuxaria.com mx ;; global options: +cmd ;; Got answer: ;; HEADER opcode: QUERY, status: NOERROR, id: 16783 ;; flags: qr rd ra; QUERY: 1, ANSWER: 5, AUTHORITY: 0, ADDITIONAL: 0 ;; QUESTION SECTION: ;linuxaria.com. IN MX ;; ANSWER SECTION: linuxaria.com. 300 IN MX 1 mail.linuxaria.com.
And the result should be something like mail.yourdomain.com that is a cname record to your VPS.
Postfix Mail Forwarding Domains
This configuration is useful if you do not have local mailboxes and just want to use postfix to forward email to somewhere, to do this edit the file /etc/postfix/main.cf with your favorite editor and add these 2 lines:
virtual_alias_domains = linuxaria.com virtual_alias_maps = hash:/etc/postfix/virtual
This is the goal of these 2 directive:
virtual_alias_domains = Postfix is final destination for the specified list of virtual alias domains, that is, domains for which all addresses are aliased to addresses in other local or remote domains.
virtual_alias_maps = Optional lookup tables that alias specific mail addresses or domains to other local or remote address
Now create the file
/etc/postfix/virtual and put in it this line:
Save and reload postfix with these 2 commands:
postmap /etc/postfix/virtual /etc/init.d/postfix reload
All it’s done !
Just send an email to the mail forwarding account@domain and you should receive immediately the email to your other account.
If you have any problem just check the log located in /var/log/mail.log
Catch ’em all
This is just a quick and dirty guide to setup in 15 minutes (and probably less) some forward emails to your real email, I hope that this can help you, like it helped me.