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I have a virtual server on Linux using Plesk 7.5

I have a client that wants to move only his mail to a different server. So I need to change the MX record in Plesk.

Right now my info reads: HOST: thisdomain.com      RECORD TYPE: MX (10)     VALUE: mail.thisdomain.com

I didn't see a way to actually edit this, and my idea was to ceate a new MX record, then delete the old one... is this right? I just have an IP address for the new server for the mail, so would I put HOST 67.67.67.67     RECORD TYPE: MX      VALUE: 67.67.67.67 ?

First time I've dealt with this - thanks!
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by:auriga9
ID: 17133003
Ok, I just looked at adding an MX record and I have the following fields:
Enter mail domain: __________.thisdomain.com
Enter mail exchanger: _____________
Specify priority of mail exchange server: (Values from 0 to 50)

Now I'm more confused!

Thanks...
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by:Sam Panwar
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Hi,

1. Login to yourPlesk using the username and password associated with your domain.
2. Navigate to an MX record maintenance page. MX records are special DNS (Domain Name Service) records, and are often located under sections titled "DNS Management," "Mail Server Configuration," or "Name Server Management." You may need to turn on advanced settings to allow editing of these MX records.
3. Delete any existing MX records before entering new MX records.
4. For each MX record, enter information according to the entries in the following table.

For example :

Delete the existing MX record... mail.yourdoman.com.
Add (2) new google MX records... ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM. as priority (0) and ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM. as priority (5)

And after that you can easily check if your mx record changed or not means you can troubleshoot
from the following url  

www.dnsstuff.com
go to dnslookup option enter domain and select MX record from the list for domain.
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by:auriga9
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I've deleted the MX record in Plesk (mail.mydomain.com), but when I go to add a new MX record, I get:
Enter mail domain: __________.mydomain.com
Enter mail exchanger: _____________

So it's still looking to mydomain.com, not mail.newdomain.com

What is the mail exchanger?
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by:auriga9
ID: 17158883
Hello Experts?

So tell me I can do this to begin with...

I have a domain www.mysite.com with a mail server mail.mysite.com.

People want only their mail to be moved to another server, but keep the same email addresses. Is there any way that joe@mysite.com can be picked up from a different server that is NOT on the server that the www.mysite.com web site is on?? Is this possible at all? Have the drugs taken effect? In other words can another server set up ONLY an MX record for mail.mysite.com?

I'm gonna do some more of the blue ones now, and see if things improve!!
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Sam Panwar earned 2000 total points
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Hi,

YEs its is possible. If you want to access website from other server and mail from other server then its is possible.

just change the MX record and mail A record for domain mysite.com to new server.

Now mail.mysite.com is point to new server.

Now you can download your old mail from old mail server by IP address of the old server.
like

http://<ip old mail server>/

Now on new server you have to create all email account again.
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by:auriga9
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Thanks - I did get it worked out with your help!
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