Free mail with Windows Live – Custom Domains


Recently I came across a really cool live server called “Custom Domains”. This service is currently evolving into “Windows Live Admin Center“.

What does it do?!

You get an e-mail server for your custom domain for free! You can then create up to 500 mail accounts on this service, each with 5GB storage. Neat, isn’t it? For universities and schools you can even get more accounts if you register in the free program “Windows Live @ EDU”.

So these are the 10 steps how to register your domain:

  1. Go to http://admincenter.live.com
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  2. Click the button “Get started”
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  3. Enter the domain name (domain needs to be already purchased, you also need authority over it’s DNS records.
    IMPORTANT: Select “Set up Windows Live Hotmail for my domain”, because otherwise you can run into problems with the DNS.image
  4. Confirm your domain settings & accept the terms of use.image
  5. To confirm you have authority over your DNS (and are therefore the admin of the domain) add the following MX record to your DNS server (without mail service selected it would’ve been a CNAME record, which is not allowed to be customized by several providers).
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  6. After the DNS has been configured properly refresh the page.image
  7. Add users (they will automatically get a LiveId with user@domain.com – and can logon via mail.live.com)
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  8. Optional but useful: Set up a TXT record on your DNS service to notify other mail servers that hotmail.com is handling your mail (recommended for Spam-Filter purposes)
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  9. Optional but nice: Redirect a CNAME (subdomain) of your domain to the hotmail service: So people can enter webmail.mydomain.com and will get to the mail.live.com site.
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  10. Optional but neat: Allow anybody to sign up for accounts, co-brand you webmail interface or use the Live Webservice APIs to automatically manage users in a batch.
Comments (9)

  1. knom says:

    @nooberz:

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    Yes you can, you just need to change the MX record of the Domain Name Server (DNS) for your domain to a value you get at setup of Windows Live-Custom Domains.

    br,

    knom.

  2. nooberz says:

    if i already have live small business website, which is Microsoft… can I transfer only the internal mail handling to live custom domains?

  3. deraket says:

    I have my domain on namecheap.com….I made settings 1000 times but it’s not working….can you tell me what I am doing wrong ? Google for my domain is working….but I can’t make domains.live.com to work…. Your service is Pending DNS configuration. Please make the required DNS changes. I have made cname and all that….

    deraket@gmail.com

  4. hfrmobile says:

    Verwende ich schon seit einer halben Ewigkeit (Jahre) für meine hfrmobile.com-Domain und funktioniert tadellos 😉

  5. hfr says:

    Using it for a long time for my hfrmobile.com domain and works great!! (better than sprit.org’s mail server ;-))

  6. BrentP says:

    That’s fantastic!

    Is there any way to tie two live accounts together? If I have x domains, I’d like to be able to check mail all under one account, rather than having to keep switching live accounts.

  7. John says:

    Does it support IMAP?

    That’s one thing gmail does (and I think they give you free domain mail as well) although their win mobile support via IMAP is a bit bad at the moment (apparently they are looking into it).

    Cheers,

    John

  8. Windows Live Admin Center – so heißt das neue Service von Microsoft, mit dem Sie einen kostenlosen Mailserver

  9. msdn Austria says:

    Windows Live Admin Center – so heißt das neue Service von Microsoft, mit dem Sie einen kostenlosen Mailserver