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    Posted: 26 December 2010 at 1:24pm
Good afternoon,
 
Firstly I promise that I have "read the manuals". :-)
 
I have a basic "Starter Windows Hosting" package here and I have set up the email accounts that I want, but I can't find an option for handling incoming emails addressed to non existent accounts.
 
For example I want BahBah@MyDomain.co.uk to go to me not be rejected as:
 
"The error that the other server returned was: 550 550 No such user here (state 14)."
I'm sure that it is obvious as I can't find any reference to anybody else asking.
 
Bye and thanks
 
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These types of accounts are known as 'Catch All Account' and can be enabled from your WebsitePanel Control Panel at Mail -> Domains -> yourDomain.com

However, catch all accounts tend to attract allot of spam as spammers will send 100's of emails to your domain using popular names like dave@ john@ ben@ etc. so I would not recommend the use of catch all email accounts.

Instead a better way to do this is to use the Mail Aliases to create a more limited number of email accounts that point to a single account such as have sales@ accounts@ info@ pointing to various mailboxes that you have setup. 
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Good morning
 
Thanks for this.
 
I agree with what you have said about setting up explicit accounts and I will do this at some point.
 
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We can't use a regular expression to define the addresses we want to alias to a common one, can we?
Example: if i had sales_uk@, sales_de@, sales_us@, etc, etc. could I define
sales_{a-z}[2]
as an alias and catch them all?  This would be easier than defining one alias for each ISO country code ;)
 
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Very sorry but the mail servers do not support regular expressions for email addresses.
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