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Migrating to GFI MailEssentials Online for Email Security

You are migrating to GFI MailEssentils Online (GFI MO) for your email security. This KB will describe the approach we take for that conversion.

Solution

To migrate, we will point all incoming email from the Internet to you to route through GFI MO before it reaches your mail server. This is where the filtering occurs. By using an online solution, we also reduce the amount of Internet traffic reaching your firewall, freeing up your bandwidth for better uses.

  1. Setup GFI MO. This requires that we setup your account under our main reseller account. This allows us to easily manage your account settings. You may setup an account independently, but doing so makes it more difficult for us to manage your account so using a sub-account is better. This account will be created for you and we will issue you a set of login credentials.
  2. Disable any GFI MO features. The next step is for us to disable the GFI MO features, including anything but the most basic spam filtering and to ensure that GFI MO does not drop mail for any email accounts it doesn’t know about. As we are only in a the test/deployment phase, we don’t want GFI MO to drop mail at this point.
  3. Point GFI MO at your mail server. We will then configure GFI MO to deliver mail for your domain directly to your internal mail server.
  4. Update MX Records. Next, we will request your public DNS login information and update your MX records to point to GFI MO so that mail begins to route through GFI MO.
  5. Confirm incoming mail. We will confirm that mail continues to be delivered to your mailbox over the next 24 to 48 hours.
  6. Increase GFI MO spam filtering. Next, we will begin to increase the aggressiveness of the GFI MO mail filtering to dramatically reduce incoming spam.
  7. Confirm incoming mail. We will confirm that mail continues to be delivered to your mailbox over the next 24 to 48 hours.

Conversion is complete!

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