Configuring Postfix as backup MX host
The backup MX host must accept and queue mails, if the primary mailhost is down for a certain domain. To have a high degree of availability the backup MX host must be located outside the backed up domain. You can setup the backup MX host as a primary or secondary mx for a remote site.
The primary mailhost is down ...
Email is delivered to the backup MX host and queued there ....
After the primary mailhost is up and running again, email is delivered from the backup MX host to the primary mailhost and stored in the local mailboxes.
Setup of a primary mx host for a remote site
All email for the remote site is delivered to the primary mx host: mail1.backup1.com.
Setup of a secondary mx host for a remote site
All email for the remote site is delivered to the secondary mx host: mail2.backup2.com.