Switching to the new gandi mail service

If you are a Gandi customer, you probably already know they offer an email service. What you might have missed, is Gandi's services refactor to be more modern. Emails are following the same treatment, starting with the replacement of Roundcube.

The new gandi email service is based on SOGo, and was introduced in January last year in beta.

First, the impact of the change (not mentioning mailpack changes):

  • New domains can only have the new service, and only 2 mailboxes are provided by default.
  • Existing domains can keep their 5 mailboxes.
  • The new service now has 3GB storage per mailbox, instead of the 1GB storage total.
  • Switching to the new system prevents you from using the legacy platform and api, whether for renewing your domain or for managing your emails.
  • The new webmail has a new address.
  • SOGo brings new features, namely CalDAV and CardDAV support.

Switching your domain to the new service

  • Make sure you have a gandi v5 account on https://id.gandi.net
  • Go to domains > (your domain name) > Email. There is a switch button on the page to use the new service.

If you DNS Servers are outside gandi, ensure you have the following records:

@ 10800 IN MX 10 spool.mail.gandi.net.
@ 10800 IN MX 50 fb.mail.gandi.net.
@ 10800 IN TXT "v=spf1 include:_mailcust.gandi.net ?all"

Next to that, configure CalDAV/CardDAV records for the DAV clients:

imap            IN CNAME access.mail.gandi.net.
pop             IN CNAME access.mail.gandi.net.
smtp            IN CNAME relay.mail.gandi.net.
_caldavs._tcp   IN SRV 10 1 443 sogo3.gandi.net.
_carddavs._tcp  IN SRV 10 1 443 sogo3.gandi.net.
_imaps._tcp     IN SRV 10 1 993 mail.gandi.net.
_submission     IN SRV 10 1 587 mail.gandi.net.
_caldavs._tcp   IN TXT "path=/SOGo/dav/"
_carddavs._tcp  IN TXT "path=/SOGo/dav/"

With all those records set, it should be easy for SOGo clients to work with your domain, if they respect RFCs like the RFC6764.

For Android, I strongly suggest you to use f-droid, and DAVDroid. With the above records set, you can just add your email, and everything will be auto-discovered.

Feedback

The service's web interface is slow, terribly slow. It prevents a daily usage as a gmail/google calendar replacement. If you are only using another interface, like your phone, it is easier to switch to this new service, as you will not miss this new web interface.

The web interface option for WebCAL files seems broken. The import of the openstack combined releases calendar comes up just empty, while working perfectly fine in google calendar.

Thanks Gandi for this welcomed change!

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