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Warning message in dnsstuff.com for SPF

Posted on 2007-11-30
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If I check my domain on dnsstuff.com, it says that I dont have an SPF Record:

Your domain does not have an SPF record. This means that spammers can easily send out E-mail that looks like it came from your domain, which can make your domain look bad (if the recipient thinks you really sent it), and can cost you money (when people complain to you, rather than the spammer). You may want to add an SPF record ASAP, as 01 Oct 2004 was the target date for domains to have SPF records in place (Hotmail, for example, started checking SPF records on 01 Oct 2004).

So I added the following record to the Forward Lookup Zones in DNS:
(same as parent folder) Text (TXT) v=spf1 ip4:<ip address comes here> -all

But the warning does not go away.
I would like to get rid of this warning for my very basic network: 1 DNS server, 1 Domain, Exchange 2003 and 3 other computers connected to the server.
I know it can go pretty granular. I just want the basic stuff for SPF&
What do I do wrong?
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I think this is how it's supposed to look.

domain.com. TXT "v=spf1 mx -all"
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Keith Alabaster earned 500 total points
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999 of 1000 sites will report this message - the spf record is very rarely used to be truthful.

This is a link to a Microsoft on-line wixard that walks you through it
http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/safety/content/technologies/senderid/wizard/

Keith

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Nice link Keith - I had no idea this existed!

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by:Keith Alabaster
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To be truthful nor did i till last week - I found it for a previous asker lol :)

mihaisz, are you hosting your own external dns or is an ISP doing it for you?
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Hi Keith,
Sorry for the delay - just got back from vacation.
I am hosting my own DNS.
I ran the wizard and got a string that I entered as a TXT record to my DNS (v=spf1 a mx ptr ip4:<IP address> mx:mail.<mydomain.com> a:<my-second-domain.com> a:<my-third-domain.com> ~all).
This is what dnsmgmt shows:
Left panel:
DNS
      CRM
            Forward Lookup Zones
                  MBS.LOCAL
Right panel:
(same as parent folder)            Text(TXT)       v=spf1 a mx ptr ip4:<IP&.

DNSStuff is still saying that I have no SPF record&
Do I have to publish the TXT record?
How?

Thanks for your help!
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by:Keith Alabaster
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and dnsstuff recognises that the dns servers that you have placed the .TXT files on are the authorative dns servers for your domain?
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by:mihaisz
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I've added the .txt record to both zoneedit.com (which holds my DNS) and to the internal DNS from my local network (Windows Server) but neither DNSStuff nor Microsoft's tool (http://www.microsoft.com/mscorp/safety/content/technologies/senderid/wizard/) won't see it as an SFP record. If I ask for my .TXT records on DNS Stuff, it will show it.

How can I publish the .txt record as an SPF record?
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