This entry is very similar to my previous article on how to create a subdomain forward using S3. All I want to do is create an Amazon Workmail account, get the generic URL Amazon offers and add a custom domain.
For example, I want to type this into my address bar
Step 1 - Activate WorkMail
Visit Amazon Workmail to create an account.
Step 2 - Configure WorkMail
In order to start sending emails from a specific domain, you'll first need to configure WorkMail.
Step 2 - Create a bucket
The purpose of a bucket is to host an inexpensive web server that will serve as your redirect. If you use GoDaddy for domain ownership, they offer a feature called domain forwarding but since we're using Route53, we have to create an S3 bucket.
Step 3 - Modify bucket properties
From within the S3 bucket properties, you will want to turn on
Static Website Hosting.
Step 4 - Paste this XML
Take note that the XML file contains the path to the email account you created in step 1.
<RoutingRules> <RoutingRule> <Redirect> <Protocol>https</Protocol> <HostName>myapp.awsapps.com</HostName> <ReplaceKeyPrefixWith>mail/</ReplaceKeyPrefixWith> <HttpRedirectCode>301</HttpRedirectCode> </Redirect> </RoutingRule> </RoutingRules>
Step 5 - Connect domain to S3 bucket through CNAME
Using Amazon Route53, you can create a CNAME record that will point to your S3 bucket (using an Alias).
Take note, do not use the "Alias" feature when adding a CNAME and make sure to use the
http:// endpoint from Step 3 as the value.