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How do i configure a MX fallback using Qmail

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I have 2 mailservers not behind an anti-spam appliance and i have one that is behind a Barracuda anti-spam appliance. Now i want to configure a MX fallback for all the domains. How would i go about doing that? Assume there are a few thousand domains.

I figured placing the domain in /var/qmail/control/morercpthosts will make qmail allow receiving mail for this domain and adding an entry in /var/qmail/control/smtproutes will allow a forward to be setup to the appropriate mailserver... but how do i prevent spammers from using this 2nd MX fallback and spam my users?
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why can't you put Barracuda appliance external IP address in smtproutes ?
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:S yes i see no reason why i cannot do that.. i've no idea why i was thinking about puting the IP of the mailserver behind the appliance in the SMTP Route.. must have been late last night :)

Is setting the domain in morercpthosts and in smtproutes enough to have fallback functionality? if the primary mailserver is offline, how can i prevent the mail that is delivered from falling out of the queue if it is down for too long?
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the answer probably would be adjusting queuelifetime
The "queuelifetime" setting for qmail determines how long messages can stay in the queue. The value is in seconds. By default, your qmail server will keep messages in the queue for 604,800 seconds, or 7 days. However, you can set a custom queuelifetime by creating a file called /var/qmail/control/queuelifetime. The content of that file is a single line containing a number which represents the number of seconds the queue will hold any given message. If you want to set a custom queuelifetime, you might want to whip out the old calculator.
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