The MX record is a type of resource record in the Domain Name System that specifies a mail server responsible for accepting email messages on behalf of a recipient's domain.

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Best Practices for preventing you from looking like a spammer [duplicate]

I'd like to feel more confident setting up mail for my clients with regards to false positives. Here's what I know: SPF records are good, but not every spam filter service/software (SFSS) uses ...
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Can you lookup a domains past nameserver & mx record history?

If is possible to find out which nameservers a domain was previously pointing too? I need to try and find where a domain was previously hosted so that I can try and gain access to an old hosted email ...
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Using fake MX records to combat spam

I have a client that is getting heavily spammed.. it's the 15th of the month and POP3 bandwidth is almost 100 GB (yes GB..lol!) there are only 7 e-mail account on this domain. I installed SpamAssassin ...
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Are separate dns records necessary for web and mail on a single server?

When setting up a web/mail server on a single server or VPS with one IP address almost every guide online follows the same structure for DNS: example.com. IN A 192.0.2.0 ...
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DNS: Subdomains that Require Both an MX Record and a CNAME

Let us say we own the zone mywebservice.com. I would like each of my customers to get their own subdomain, such as customer.mywebservice.com. customer.mywebservice.com needs to be a CNAME to a ...
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Can you reference a CNAME record in an MX record?

We have several domains all pointing their MX records at mail.ourdomain.com, an internal mail server. We are looking to outsource our email to a new supplier, who would like us to use ...
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Under what circumstances (if any) should an MX record point to localhost?

I'm thinking that there's absolutely no reason or justification for this, but before I open my mouth and get some admin in deep kimchi, I thought I should ask. Is there any circumstance in which an ...
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Can I have separate IP for A record & MX record

I have abc.tv site which is configured on a.a.a.a IP and my mailing solution(test@abc.tv) which I want to configured on y.y.y.y IP address. Is is possible to have separate IPs fo my A record & MX ...
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Hotmail sending email to A record not MX records

I have my website hosted at one location, on a server that also accepts email, and I use Google Apps for mail as my email provider. I've had no problems in the last 18 months, and no reports of email ...
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DNS using CNAMEs breaks MX records?

We are trying to move all our websites we host to CNAMES as we are planning on moving servers in the new year and would like the ability to move some clients to one server and other clients somewhere ...
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Can I have an MX record for a 3rd level domain?

I have mail working for continuumconcepts.com right now. My mx records point to my assigned google postini servers. Works great. I have another server out in the wild that is completely disconnected ...
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How do I set my MX records such that mail to my domain goes one place, and mail to all subdomains goes elsewhere?

I have a domain name example.com, for which I'd like mail to be routed to different servers depending on the circumstances. Mail sent to an @example.com address should go to the server ...
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DNS: Is it valid to have an “MX” record and no “A” record?

Say you own a abcd.com and you only want to use it to send and receive email via bob@abcd.com. You don't want to provide any kind of website. Can you set up the DNS records to include an "MX" record ...
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MX Backup service

What suppliers can you recommend, that provide an MX backup service?
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How can you test a backup / secondary MX server?

I'm wanting to set up a secondary MX server using Postfix but I am wondering what is the best way to test this prior to putting into production (by adding its MX entry)? One possible way is to test ...
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MX Record Propagation

How long does it take a change in MX records to propagate? Is the MX record TTL the max time it will take or do we also need to wait for all DNS records to propagate? We are changing our mail server ...
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Is an MX record needed?

We have a testing server with its own domain name. We don't want any email to be sent from this domain. We don't want any email to be received on this domain. Is it ok to remove the MX record ...
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How do I set up my MX records to properly forward mail to my Gmail account?

So I have to confess that I'm not a network admin so my knowledge of DNS is very limited, and I think I've screwed something up. I own a domain--let's call it mydomain.com. I had my hosting provider ...
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MX Records - go to two servers?

Right now I have a single mail server for IMAP. Let's say I want to introduce Exchange but not all users will be on it. Some users will be on my "legacy" IMAP, others on the "new" Exchange. Is it ...
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Null MX records

The IETF appears to have had a draft to specify a null mx record whereby a domain would not handle mail and mail delivery systems would fail and return a undeliverable system immediately by directing ...
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Are SPF needed for domains that do not send mails and do not have MX record?

I have some domains registered that do not send mails. I have totally removed MX record for these domains on my DNS. Is it still useful to set an SPF record in order to avoid spammer to send mails ...
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Unknown MX records. Help!

I am using the spf record creator at http://www.openspf.org/ and it's telling me we have 14 mx records. This is not right. We use google apps for our email and when I check our host records it is ...
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Will an MX record “follow” a CNAME record?

I have a situation I'm trying to work through that I'm not entirely sure how to solve. Here's the situation: I have a domain, let's say sub.otherdomain.com, that I want to set up e-mail addresses ...
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How to point MX record to my VPS

I own a domain and I host a website on github pages. My A record points to github. I'd like to host mail on a VPS (which only has an IP address), but apparently, I cannot use an IP address as an MX ...
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MX Record Priorities

What does do each of the values 0, 1, 5, 5, 10, 10 mean? Google says you can do that or use 1st 1st 3rd 3rd <-- how are these different or the same? Will 0,1,2,2,3,3 act the same as 0, 1, 5, 5, ...
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Do I need SPF, and how do I set it up?

I've read that SPF is a way to ensure that spam sent in my name is evidently fake, and I'd like to use that. How do I set up SPF? Or is it already in effect? I have two domains hosted on ...
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A way for DNS record to say “this domain has no mail server”?

What is the appropriate way to set up a DNS record that says "this domain has no mail server"? I assume I need a special MX record to do this, otherwise it will be assumed that the A record is the ...
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Why does my isp advice against using an IP as MX?

I'm wondering why I've heard a couple of times that it's bad to enter an IP directly as MX record. Most ISP's advise us to create an A record with the mailserver IP and use that A-record as MX record. ...
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DNS configuration own server… where to point mx records?

I´m just configuring the dns of a new domain name which I´m going to host on my own server (which runs a mail server). My question is... where do I point the mx records on the dns panel? Thanks in ...
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How do I setup a secondary incoming mail server?

I currently have a server running Debian 6, with postfix and dovecot handling email. This server hosts email for a number of domains and users, so I use MySQL as my backing store for users and ...
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Any issue if PHP mail() mail server not MX of FROM domain?

Suppose I have this scenario: My mail server (and thus MX) for my email address me@company.com is hosted in my office. My website company.com is hosted by third party web hosting company. On my ...
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Fixing typos in user-entered email addresses

We see some typo domains in our mail queue from time to time and I have been thinking of using our internal DNS server to correct these people's mistakes. Some examples from the current mail queue: ...
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A record required for MX record?

Previously our domain, let's call it ourdomain.com, pointed to an IP address (our web host). In addition, we use Office 365 to handle our domain email accounts. DNS records: ourdomain.com A ...
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Why do some TLD have an MX record on the zone root? e.g. .ai

I have no idea why the following TLD have a MX record on the root level of the zone. This does not make sense at all. Does this show the technical incompetence of the NIC? Please comment If I'm ...
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is there any way to determine the date a domain DNS record like MX record was published ?

We need a way to determine when exactly a DNS record such as MX was published for a domain. Does anyone have a clue?
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Can an email server be set-up on an Azure VM?

I am considering the possibility of setting up a simple SMTP+IMAP email server for internal use on an extra small Azure VM. When I say internal use I don't mean "used by internal users", but for use ...
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Does a host/domain used solely for MX records pointing elsewhere need an A record?

I've got a domain on dns.he.net that only has an SOA record, NS records, and one MX (pointing to a totally different host). Does my domain need an A record? Currently nslookup fails since there is no ...
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DNS Help with sub sub domain names

I am not sure I even did this right, but I am trying to setup some sub domains with email services. So I want to have an email address like something@sub.domain.com. My problem is getting put in ...
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Can MX record point to second level domain (example.com), not to third level (mail.example.com)?

In all examples of setting up dns, MX records points to mail.example.com (as I understand, purpose is easily change mail server without touching main host). And even my registrar's backend doesn't ...
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Is It OK to Rewrite Email Addresses Intended for Remote Delivery to Use CNames?

I've discovered that a remote site is rewriting email intended for our machines to use the CName of the machine that the mail was addressed to (e.g. mail@virtual.virtualdomain.com becomes ...
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Is @ the same as the IP address for @ in the MX record entry of a zone file?

I have the following configuration in my DNS Zone. I want to switch the @ record to a different IP address, but I want to keep the MX records the same. Please note the IP address has been changed to ...
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Backup MX server used to queue mail

In short: I need to setup backup MX server, which will queue messages it receives for later delivery through original MX, AND it must only accept messages for mailboxes which will be listed in ...
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Wildcard for A and MX records possible?

I'm building an app where each customer can have their own subdomain. For this example, he setup his subdomain to be: whisky I created a wildcard subdomain in my DNS: *.myapp.com A 123.123.123.123 ...
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Hotmail and Live.com rejecting all emails

I have been having problems sending emails from my server to hotmail.com and live.com email addresses. I have read other posts on serverfault but they have not been helpful. Here is the error message. ...
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sendmail: forward wildcard MX to a single email address

I'm trying to set up sendmail to forward all email to *@ *.crm.mycompany.com to crm@mycompany.com. Unfortunately my sendmail-fu isn't up to it and I can't find anything useful on Google. My plan was ...
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Google Apps e-mail being rejected from some domains

I'm migrating e-mail for my domains to Google Apps' e-mail. Most everything seems to work except e-mail sent to any user at (at least) sonic.net is rejected with a message of the form (where ...
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Forwarding-service for emails on external hoster by MX-record

I am registering domains on behalf of customers and host their websites on my server. I have complete control over the DNS setup of my customer domains. I still want to host their websites, but I ...
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DNS, should I be using A instead of CNAME?

I'm doing a big reshuffle of our websites and hosting, moving about 10 domains to a new server. In doing so I had to make some changes to the DNS, pointing all of the domains at the new server. ...
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No MX record found for mail.mydomain.com

I am following this guide on how to set up a mail server, Postfix, and one of the assumptions is that I should have an MX record for mail.mydomain.com. Postfix Guide However, I only have an MX record ...
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How do I set an MX record in Route53 for a GoDaddy domain?

Can't seem to find an answer to this question on AWS' forum, not in the Route53 manual, nor on Stackoverflow/Serverfault in a way that makes sense...and GoDaddy's support sure as heck ain't got an ...