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we are configuring DNS for a GMail service, the MX records are configured as to Google says, however, in the DNS check, there is a warning:

SPF must allow Google to send mail on behalf of the domain

My questions:

  • Why is the SPF record for GMail a problem?

  • How to resolve that issue?

Many thanks for your help!Google Mail error

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You need to add a SPF DNS record in your DNS server (SPF = Sender Policy Framework). The value of this record is provided in your screenshot already.

It is highly recommended to add not only the SPF record but also a TXT record with the same value. The SPF record will tell receiving Emailservers that the Gmail servers are permitted to send Emails using your domain as sender (details: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sender_Policy_Framework).

If you have a domain provider who is giving you access to his DNS servers, then there might be a special option to set it up easily for you.

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What does "add not only the SPF record but also a TXT record" mean? I have added @ IN TXT "v=spf1 include:_spf.google.com ~all" and I get the same error. –  erdomester Oct 30 '13 at 22:11

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