I'm doing a big reshuffle of our websites and hosting, moving about 10 domains to a new server. In doing so I had to make some changes to the DNS, pointing all of the domains at the new server.
Instead of pointing all of the DNS records at the IP address if the server I used a CNAME entry to point them at an A entry for the IP adress... if that doesn't make sense take a look at this:
mycompany.com server1 A 188.8.131.52 domain1.com @ CNAME server1.mycompany.com. * CNAME server1.mycompany.com. www CNAME server1.mycompany.com. domain2.com @ CNAME server1.mycompany.com. * CNAME server1.mycompany.com. www CNAME server1.mycompany.com. domain3.com @ CNAME server1.mycompany.com. * CNAME server1.mycompany.com. www CNAME server1.mycompany.com. etc...
Hopefully you'll see what I'm trying to do, to keep things tidy I have set a single A record to the servers IP address, and used CNAME records to point all of the other domains to it. This means if the IP has to change I only have to change it once, it also means I can easily tell where each record is pointing to, as some point to
Now we had a problem with our email this morning, whereby a recipient email server could not authenticate our mail server, email was rejected. I changed the
@ record on our
mail.domain1.com domain from
CNAME server1.mycompany.com to the IP
184.108.40.206 and the email was sent successfully.
Question, despite being nice and readable, is there a reason I shouldn't be using CNAME to point to another DNS record. I believe
@ is for the domain itself (i.e.
domain1.com). It seemed that setting
@ to a CNAME messed around with our email, but are there any rules as to when I should be using it?
Many thanks, Ben