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I own a custom domain, i.e I would like to make all email sent to to be delivered to I do not want to use Google's Google Apps, or Microsoft's Live Admins. Is this possible using DNS only?

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What exactly is a "custom" domain? How is different from any other domain that makes it "custom"? – joeqwerty Aug 22 '12 at 14:48
It is not. by custom I mean not\ this is how it is referred by in Google apps. – itaysk Aug 24 '12 at 8:49
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No, it is not. You can only designate WHICH SERVER handles ALL emails for a domain, nothing else.

You can not rewrite the email, nor forward only specific addresses.

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Hotmail is the same as Microsoft Live, so you could do this by setting up custom domains to accept mail via an additional domain, and then create an alias for Mail sent to or will end up in the same mailbox.

DNS has no part in email redirection. MX records in DNS just specify which servers handle mail for a given domain.

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I use a product from It allows me to manage my DNS and set up custome forwards for all email headed to my domain. I hand out my address to everyone and have zoneedit forward it to gmail. from there I tell gmail to send the reply-to as the same address. Zoneedit doe the same for web pages, etc. Check it out

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This is exactly what I was looking for, but I thought it was possible w\o third parties. Thanks anyway for the relevant answer. – itaysk Aug 22 '12 at 12:41

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