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What is the proper way to add an SPF record to my Network Solutions account?

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I have already created, and verified my SPF string. The problem is adding it to DNS on Network Solutions. Which HOST is the SPF supposed to point to?
In advanced DNS management on Network Solutions, it states
"SPF (Sender Policy Framework) records can be entered as TXT record."
I have added one, but when i use a 3-rd party SPF checker (such as http://www.politemail.com/check-spf.aspx) it says i do not have an SPF record. I have tried pointing the SPF to mail.testdomain.com, SPF.testdomain.com, txt.testdomain.com, and @(none).testdomain.com. None of which show up after running an SPF checker. Anyone know what HOST the SPF should point to?
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SPF states which servers can send as a given domain, so I'm not quite sure where hosts enter into it?

The record format is something like this (note that a:1.2.3.4 is just an example, not suggested syntax):

<DomainToProtect> IN TXT  "v=spf1 a:1.2.3.4 -all"

e.g.

yourdomain.com.  IN TXT  "v=spf1 a:1.2.3.4 -all"

I'm guessing you're thinking of the first part as  the host? In which case the host is blank meaning the record applies to the domain name itself.

HTH

Chris
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My SPF string is already created, and i have verified it using a few different websites. The problem I'm having is getting it entered into the Network Solutions Advanced DNS editor (under TXT). When entering the TXT record, you have to point the record to a 'host'. I am not sure what to point it to. I have tried using the same 'host' as on my MX record (mail.testdomain.com), as well as using TXT.testdomain.com SPF.testdomain.com and @(none).testdomain.com. I waited atleast 24 hours between each change before checking to see if the SPF record was active. Then, using PoliteMail and Invisibill, i would check to see if the SPF record was active, with no success. I have attached a picture of the Network Solutions web-interface showing where the 'host' has to be entered. I would have thought the 'host' would be the mail server, which is the first thing i tried. Let me know your thoughts.
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The host should be blank, or none, or @. Host is a very poor name for the column, not that I can think of much of a better one.

Does it let you submit with @ (None) in there? If so, that is the value we need. That makes the record:

cladsys.com  IN TXT  v=spf1 ....

Which is exactly what we want because that's the domain we want the SPF record to operate for.

Chris
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