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How to configure MX zones to utilize Gmail/Outlook as stand-by incoming mail server with my active Exchane to provide reliability?

Gmail/Outlook should only be used in case of Exchange is unavaliable.

What DNS settings work and what is possible issues with such a configuration?

mail.mycompany.com.     A       x.y.z.v 
gmail.mycompany.com.    CNAME   ghs.google.ru 
mycompany.com.          MX      10 mail.mycompany.com. 
mycompany.com.          MX      20 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 
mycompany.com.          MX      30 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 
mycompany.com.          MX      40 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 
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It can work as a poor man's resilience strategy, sure. Assuming that Gmail is setup to receive email for your domain as well. It will get a little clunky if it happens often since the "mailboxes" wouldn't be synced so messages going to Gmail would be on their servers and mailboxes, and the users would have to login to their "mycompany" mailboxes on Gmail to even see the new emails...which would mean in essence you'll have 2 different mailboxes per user with most of their mail in Exchange and some "failover" mail in Gmail.

Backup MX records of a higher metric are supposed to be used after the lowest metric. However, there's nothing preventing a sending mail server from sending mail directly to any of your MX servers. In fact, some spam/mass mailers often will use a higher metric MX target because it can often lack the same spam filtering power (an example would be companies that set their primary MX record for a spam appliance with a "backup" MX record of their Exchange server in case the spam appliance is offline).

You also run into the issue of "what does unavailable mean?". If the Exchange server is completely offline that's one thing. But if it isn't and is just having "issues" sending servers may still try to connect to that server regardless.

Google Apps (postini) does/did have some continuity features built-in that could be incorporated with Exchange though. If I remember right they had 2 different options, one for "mail queuing" in case Exchange was down, and when it came back up it would deliver it on to the Exchange server...and then actual continuity where you could dual deliver and if the Exchange server was down you could still get your email in Gmail.

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We can configure all mails to go to one email box at google, then I suppose it is possible to fetch emails from this gmail box by Exchange, sort it then and put to end users' mail boxes. –  BBK Mar 28 at 14:12
    
What a pitty if I will not recive my spam in time... –  BBK Mar 28 at 14:12
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To your first comment, sure. To your second comment, not sure what you mean. –  TheCleaner Mar 28 at 14:31
    
**2 TheCleaner**> In fact, some spam/mass mailers often will use a higher metric MX . So I will not mind if spam will go to gmail first :) –  BBK Mar 28 at 14:58
    
> In fact, some spam/mass mailers often will use a higher metric MX. So I will not mind if spam will go to gmail first :) –  BBK Mar 28 at 14:59
mail.mycompany.com.     A       x.y.z.v 
gmail.mycompany.com.    CNAME   ghs.google.ru 
mycompany.com.          MX      10 mail.mycompany.com. 
mycompany.com.          MX      20 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 
mycompany.com.          MX      30 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 
mycompany.com.          MX      40 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 
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