Here's the scenario:
I set up a VM on Azure - we'll call it
mikemarks.cloudapp.net. I installed IIS and got my website working by hitting the
I have a custom domain name I purchased a long time ago -
www.mikemarks.net. I need to go to the DNS settings to change the A attribute of
www.mikemarks.net to point to the public IP for
mikemarks.cloudapp.net, so that any (*) incoming requests will be routed to the public IP of my Azure VM. Okay great, this works fine, I've done it before.
Here's where I'm stumped. I need to set up email. Specifically, a mailbox utilizing my
@mikemarks.net domain name. I would like to have an email address that can use SMTP/IMAP for
firstname.lastname@example.org to start. I read about SendGrid for an outgoing SMTP service, and I read something about having to set up an MX record in DNS to handle the mail service.
QUESTION: If the official name for my VM is
mikemarks.cloudapp.net but I have my domain name
www.mikemarks.net pointed to its public IP, would the email addresses I set up be set up as
@mikemarks.cloudapp.net, or is there a way to set it up to have a
@mikemarks.net mailbox, and if so where would I start? Would you recommend SendGrid for the SMTP portion, and another provider for the incoming mail? I really need some help here, I'm stumped!