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Should I set my IP address' PTR record to the domain (mydomain.com) or the subdomain where the mail server is (mail.mydomain.com)? It's a little confusing.

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The forward and reverse DNS should be mirrors of each other. Whatever IP mailserver.domain.com points to should point to mailserver.domain.com. –  MaQleod Sep 5 '11 at 21:33

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To expand on my comment, here is an example of proper forward and reverse DNS for mail (methods can vary if you will have multiple mail servers, here is an example where three are load balanced):

All mail servers and priority:

$ host speakeasy.net | grep mail
speakeasy.net mail is handled by 15 mx02.speakeasy.net.
speakeasy.net mail is handled by 5 mx.speakeasy.net.
speakeasy.net mail is handled by 10 mx01.speakeasy.net.

Forward DNS on mail servers:

$ host mx.speakeasy.net
mx.speakeasy.net has address
$ host mx01.speakeasy.net
mx01.speakeasy.net has address
$ host mx02.speakeasy.net
mx02.speakeasy.net has address

RDNS for mail IP:

$ host domain name pointer mx.speakeasy.net.
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To expand on this, if your mail domain actually points to the same IP as your naked domain, you should make the mail domain a CNAME and treat your naked domain as a proper host name and PTR to that. –  billc.cn Sep 5 '11 at 22:13

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