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We currently have a single mail server (RHEL/sendmail) for all mail "". We have added a second mail server "". We intend to use this for bulk email, while "" remains for transaction and internal mail.

We have DKIM set up for "", but I need to set up DKIM for "".

My question is this: Can I use the same TXT record I have for "" for "" and modify some DKIM/milter/sendmail settings? Or do I have to create an entirely seperate TXT record and key.

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You can reuse the same records and keys for the new server. It's best practice to setup new keys and records for each server however; any compromise on a single server leaves the others unaffected.

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I guess what I'm confused about is exactly what to do to have the new domain signed. Just add the TXT record to DNS? I'm sure theres something out there about this I just cant' find it. – Chris E. Jul 22 '11 at 13:09
Is the new e-mail server sending for a different domain? Like are e-mails from the original sending for and the new sending for – Chris S Jul 22 '11 at 13:11
existing mail server is "", which has working DKIM keys. new mail server is "" and this is what I'm trying to figure out how to get DKIM signing working for. Thanks for your help! – Chris E. Jul 22 '11 at 13:18
So those servers are sending for those domains? Or those are the host names of the servers and they're sending for different domains? – Chris S Jul 22 '11 at 13:23
Oh i see what youre saying, my mistake. Yes, all servers will send mail for, just bulk email comes from and internal/transactional from The two sendmail instances are actually running in the same machine. – Chris E. Jul 22 '11 at 13:29

DKIM sign is domain specific. All you email servers may share the same DKIM settings. It doesn't matter. It looks like if your use one PGP private key on your laptop and desktop computer.

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What does PGP have to do with DKIM? What laptop or desktop are you talking about? – Chris S Jul 22 '11 at 13:09
DKIM and PGP are both just a digital signature. I mention PGP just for example. – hostmaster Jul 22 '11 at 13:31

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