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Can I Transfer a domain name for our mail server, but not our web server?

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Hello everyone.

Right now our web server and mail server are both provided by a shared hosting provider. We recently colocated a web server, but have not transferred our main website to it.  

What I'd like to know is, Can I transfer the domain for the mail server, but not the web server? How?

In other words, I want all e-mails sent to @domain.com to go to the colocated server, but I still want http requests to domain.com to be sent to the shared server. I understand that I need to create new mail exchanger records, but I'm not quite sure how I should go about this because I would also like to use my own DNS server running on that colocated server.

I am running Windows 2003 Server and the DNS server that comes with that. Do I create a zone for domain.com, and then a host (a) record and have it point to the shared server, and then create a mail exchanger (mx) record and have it point to the local IP, where I'm running the mail server?

Thank you.
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Yes.  :-)

What you have described sounds correct.

Clients who querey for an MX record will get the IP of your mail server and clients who come into www.domain.com (or whatever your FQDN is) will go to the colocated server (assuming you set the right IP address...).

Dave Dietz
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