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I just want to know how other people set up their MX-entries for mail accounts used with google apps. I work at a local web-hosting firm and we get a lot of tickets from clients who want to set up these settings. I just set them up something like:    14400   IN  MX  10 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.    14400   IN  MX  10 ASPMX4.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.    14400   IN  MX  15 ASPMX5.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.    14400   IN  MX  15 ASPMX2.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.    14400   IN  MX  30 ASPMX3.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.

I see another firm (rival one) who sets up way more MX-records ? Roughly, around 10-15 entries. Am I doing something wrong ? More is better in this case ? Is there a secret that I'm not on too ?

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That's a pretty standard setup for Google Apps for Your Domain. – Michael Hampton Oct 3 '12 at 14:11
Those look like an older MX record set. I'd switch to the new set in Google's documentation. Yours will likely continue to work fine. – ceejayoz Oct 3 '12 at 14:14
The configuration listed in the Question is incorrect (per Google) and should not be used. Also, it'd be a really good idea if your account control panel (or whatever you call it) had a button for "Configure for Google Apps/Mail". – Chris S Oct 3 '12 at 14:19
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You should set up the MX records per Google's documentation.


Note that the 1/5/10 priorities can be 10/15/30 or 1/2/3 or 1/100/1000 and it'll be fine - they just have to be in ascending order like that.

10-15 MX records for Google Apps is not something I've seen and is likely incorrect or at least unnecessary.

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+1 This is the One and Only Google Ordained™ configuration. Anything else is a violation of their ToS technically, though they probably don't care as long as the money keeps rolling in. – Chris S Oct 3 '12 at 14:15

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