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Email MX Record Help

27-07-2010, 16:40
Thank you for your answer Mark!


27-07-2010, 12:02 is for OVH mail services, that is, when you've got some mail boxes provided by OVH.

If you want to manage the email with your own server, you can point these cnames to your server, if your users want to use the more "user friendly" names :

to configure their email clients.

Or delete them altogether. As it's best for you.

27-07-2010, 09:48
Thanx for this!

In fact, I followed the URL to set up the DNS / email server, but I have one further question:

What do I have to do with the records (CNAME) (CNAME) (CNAME)


Right now they are pointing to Can I safely remove them, or should I point them to the HOST

I'm running ISPConfig 3, and want my client to be able to use webmail if needed. Squirrelmail has been installed and is working as it should via the installed webmail URL

Leaves me with the question what to do with the three CNAME records ?



12-05-2009, 20:36
The 'name' of the mx record should be your domain name or hostname that wants to recieve emails...


The name of the mx record must be '' and the value ''.


The name of the mx record must be '' and the value as above.

Having the name as '' will only allows emails as:

At least this is the general rule... The only exception if the 'name' you refer to means something else with OVH control panel... but I doubt it.

12-05-2009, 13:05
brilliant, thanks

Does it matter if both the subdomain and the mx record are called the same ?

12-05-2009, 12:55
Yes that should suffice. Make sure it is the only MX record or it will attempt to push mail to the other MX servers too.

Remember DNS records can take up to 72 hours to propagate but in most cases it will be much less.

12-05-2009, 12:50
Iíve got my own Debian RPS and want to, amongst other things, host my own email server for my domain there. Can someone just confirm that Iím doing this right:
Goto vmanager, then select domain, domains & DNS, DNS Zone. Now in here delete the existing MX 1 record create an 'A Type' called Ďmail.mydomain.comí and point it at my server ip. Next create an mx type record, calling it whatever I want, and point it at this Ďmail.mydomain.comí.
Does this suffice?

Of course I know Iíve got to setup my mailserver on the box, but will this setup mean that all email will now be pushed to my box to handle?