Those steps sound correct. Did you also unblock port 8025? I don’t know
for sure but you may need to do that as well under Allowed Services (in
the Advanced section where you can specify the port explicitly). What did
you see in logs for the firewall (/var/log/firewall), system
(/var/log/messages), or the SMTP server when ou had this setup? Any
connection attempts/refusals? How did you test the port? Try netcat.
> I am running a server on suse 11 all is well except for 1 problem.
> A local ISP blocks ports 25, 465 and 587 for there smtp email server.
> Some of the clients on my email server use this ISP and I can NOT get
> them to send with any email client.
> I am working with some plp on the ISPCONFIG forum for help and they
> suggested using port forward in the firewall to use another port. I
> tried ports 8825 and 8025 no joy.
> My question is about the firewall and if I am doing it properly.
> Here is what I did:
> Yast > Security and Users > firewall > Custom rules :
> Source network = 0/0 (allow all)
> Protocol = TCP
> Destination port = smtp (25)
> Source port = 8825
> also did port 8025 same way
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> No thats the problem.
> Cli syntax is not my strong suite so even after reading man and google
> netcat is no help.
> It should work but there is still something i am missing.
> Testing with a laptop with XP pro x32 using Outlook Express and I have
> access to 3 local ISPs.
> Works great, can send on 2 of the ISPs using ports 25, 465 or 587 but
> my forward ports dont work on any ISP so I am guessing its not working.
Of course it’s not.
How can you expect a mail-, or any server for that matter, to change its mind
about the port it listens on, just because someone decides to send mail to
some random port number?
The Internet doesn’t work that way, thank heavens.
If the ISP has decided to block mail server ports, there’s nothing you can do
about it, besides voting with your wallet and find a better ISP.