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GMail Blocking our email [message #106628] Mon, 23 September 2013 19:55 Go to next message
BobH is currently offline  BobH
Messages: 66
Registered: March 2005
Location: Oregon, WI USA
We had our KerioConnect mail server grind to a halt. After working with our reseller, we discovered one of our email accounts had been compromised and a spammer was using our mailserver as a SPAM sprinkler. We downed the server and renamed the outgoing mail queue to something different, brought the server back up and we were unlocked.

This was about a week and a half ago and we got lots of denials from email servers but over time they have let us back on again. One hold out is gmail. I went to google and searched for someone to contact at Google to explain the situation and what could we do to get them to unblock us. Unfortunately, I couldn't find anything but generic terms of use and the statement that if we adhered to the conduct of usage, we would eventually be allowed through.

Anyone else been in this situation? Any suggestions?
Re: GMail Blocking our email [message #106632 is a reply to message #106628] Tue, 24 September 2013 02:26 Go to previous messageGo to next message
mayall is currently offline  mayall
Messages: 99
Registered: October 2006
I've been fighting the same problem. Our server keeps getting put on the CBL list:

http://cbl.abuseat.org/lookup.cgi

I've yet to find the cause of the problem after spending a crazy amount of time trying to track it down. I've been using the firewall to block all port 25 traffic from other than the Kerio server but that has caused other problems.

But I can tell you that Gmail did start letting our email through after a couple days.

Make sure your server is off all the blacklists.

http://mxtoolbox.com/blacklists.aspx

Will Mayall

[Updated on: Tue, 24 September 2013 02:27]

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Re: GMail Blocking our email [message #106635 is a reply to message #106632] Tue, 24 September 2013 09:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Spacey is currently offline  Spacey
Messages: 143
Registered: July 2011
Got exactly the same problem here. For me it's now the third week and google still blocks us. We're on no RBL for that incident but only on barracuda for few hours (!!!) - that has happened three weeks ago. Since it's absolutely unacceptable for business eMails not to work with google mailservers I must change the IP address of our mailserver. At the moment I'm working with a relay but that causes other obvious problems...

Googles policy to protect their clients in general is nice but since there is no way to communicate with google staff or any other way to remove your IP from their blacklist their system is simple S***....
BTW: I tried to contact google folks via their forum & an eMail & some contact formular hidden deeper in their "useful help pages" - no result & no response so far.
Re: GMail Blocking our email [message #106658 is a reply to message #106632] Tue, 24 September 2013 19:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
BobH is currently offline  BobH
Messages: 66
Registered: March 2005
Location: Oregon, WI USA
Thanks for the link to MXToolBox. At least I know were not a featured headliner on the blacklists.

Your responses have confirmed my suspicion that Google doesn't care to talk to me.

It has really opened my eyes to how many companies are outsourcing their email to Google. The address may say gsmith<_at_>acme.com but when it gets denied, there's gmail underneath it all.

I've resorted to telling users that have to get through to a customer using gmail to open a gmail account and use that until the block is removed.

Thanks for the feedback.

Re: GMail Blocking our email [message #106760 is a reply to message #106658] Fri, 27 September 2013 12:00 Go to previous messageGo to next message
Spacey is currently offline  Spacey
Messages: 143
Registered: July 2011
Maybe this helps: http://www.rackaid.com/resources/gmail-blacklist-removal/
Re: GMail Blocking our email [message #106782 is a reply to message #106760] Fri, 27 September 2013 17:59 Go to previous messageGo to next message
mayall is currently offline  mayall
Messages: 99
Registered: October 2006
Thanks for the link! I was looking for a good description of Google blacklisting.

We did get the server off the Google blacklist pretty quickly. But it's a bit scary being on it since it is far from clear how to get off and it affects a huge amount of email.
Re: GMail Blocking our email [message #106806 is a reply to message #106782] Sun, 29 September 2013 16:41 Go to previous message
Lisa Lyons (Kerio) is currently offline  Lisa Lyons (Kerio)
Messages: 139
Registered: May 2008
Hi, Guys

We're actually aware of issues that Google have been having with DNS, which has really messed up their reporting of Blacklisted domains.

I found that the outage report isn't terribly helpful, but here it is if you are interested:

http://www.google.com/appsstatus#hl=en&v=issue&ts=13 79973599000&sid=1&iid=043f082bc7cd18e15458318035d9bc 7a

Since they marked it as fixed, we have received noticeably fewer complaints of this nature, so I hope that this means smoother sailing for you all!


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