The Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a cloud computing platform that has datacenters in various locations around the world and provides various web services such as Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) in which you can use it to instantiate e-mail services.
The administrator of email server on EC2 should stick to some important observations about the correct settings for that emails sent by it will widely accepted by all email providers.
Dynamic IPv4 allocation for EC2
All EC2 uses by default dynamic IPv4 allocation. AWS allocates a new random IPv4 each time an EC2 is started. It is possible to verify the dynamic character of the EC2 IPv4 blocks through the WHOIS system:
NetRange: 126.96.36.199 - 188.8.131.52
Parent: NET75 (NET-75-0-0-0-0)
NetType: Direct Allocation
Organization: Amazon.com, Inc. (AMAZO-4)
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Static IPv4 allocation for EC2
The Elastic IP is the static version of IPv4 for EC2. For allocate an Elastic IP to an EC2, just go to the EC2 control panel and click on the “Elastic IPs” menu within the “NETWORK & SECURITY” submenu:
From the Elastic IP main screen, click on “Allocate new address” to get a new static IPv4 from AWS:
Obtained the new static IPv4, click “Actions” and “Associate address” then:
In the address association screen, select the desired EC2 instance and the static IPv4 that must be associated with it and press the “Associate” button:
If all the steps are successful, your EC2 will now respond for the new static IPv4:
It is important to remember that the old dynamic IPv4 will be disassociated from EC2 when the new Elastic IP is associated. Before performing this operation, be sure that this will not cause service interruption on EC2.
Configuration of rDNS for Elastic IP
Use of dynamic IPv4 on EC2
The dynamic IPv4 allocation should be avoided at all costs specifically on EC2 e-mail servers for the same reasons that should be avoided on any dynamic IPv4 machine of any other ISP.
Many spammers use EC2 with dynamic IPv4 to fire SPAM without any means of identifying it. When the IPv4 is listed in several RBLs, the spammer restarts the EC2 machine, receives a new IPv4, and repeats the process indefinitely. For this reason, our DNSBL has a much smaller tolerance when the IPv4 is dynamic allocation of EC2.
Dedicated email sender service
The Amazon Simple Email Service (Amazon SES) is a dedicated sender service from Amazon. If you do not want to deal with the complications of setting up your own EC2 e-mail server, consider hiring this service.
If you wish to maintain your own e-mail service with EC2, consider using this service only to send corporate messages and hire Amazon SES to send email marketing for you. You can use the Amazon SES API to integrate Amazon SES functionality directly with your applications.
If your EC2 is with Elastic IP, and you are not sending promotional material through this same IPv4, consider requesting the listing of this IPv4 in our DNSWL. This DNSWL listing may improve the deliverability of your messages.