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Greetings,
I currently have 15 email accounts using my own domain name being hosted by   mycrappyhost.com.
The domain name Registrar is not    mycrappyhost.com
I do not have a website and don't currently need one.
Email is VERY important to us.
I know I can use Google Apps Standard or Premium to access my email address's using my own domain name.
2 Questions:
#1  Does changing the MX Record in mycrappyhost.com's domain settings to point to Google Apps Email Servers ensure that my email will still work if mycrappyhost.com mail server goes down?
#2 Can I eliminate  mycrappyhost.com all together by changing DNS / MX records on my domain Registrar to point to Google Apps and access my 15 email accounts from Google Apps?

Again, I don't need a website or webhosting.
Any advice / direction would be appreciated.
Thank You,
John B
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#1 and #2: Yes. If you follow the procedure documented on the Google Apps setup pages to properly change your DNS records, then the mycrappyhost.com mail server will no longer handle any of your mail whatsoever. Once you have this working, if mail was the only thing you were using that host for, then you can effectively cancel the hosting service. But, be sure that everything's working with Google Apps before you do this!

Take note that once you do this, you must reconfigure any mail clients (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc) to point to the Google Apps mail servers, instead of the old mail servers. Additionally, old e-mails stored on the mycrappyhost.com servers may no longer be conveniently accessible, so you should download them and back them up so you can get to them later.
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Thanks for responding MiddleEarth,
I was able to get my personal domains email to work correctly within google apps standard when I set up MX / CNAME records within mycrappyhost.com following google's instructions.
I soon as I deleted the domain from mycrappyhosts.com control panel it no longer worked.
So... a few more questions:
1. Do I need to "re-verify" the domain ownership procedure outlined by google's instructions to get it to work again.
2. Within my Registrar's control panel does the A Record and NameServer entry's matter at this point since I am not concerned about website hosting and no longer have the domain name "hosted"?
If they do matter what would be the appropriate entries at this point.

In my Registrar's control panel I appear to have all the  MX records and the CNAME correctly inputted.
In my Registrar's control panel I don't currently have an  A  Record entry.
FYI - this domain is just a test domain with no email / important data associated with it at this point

Thanks again for your help.
John B
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by:jbaretta
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MiddleEarth,
Thank you for your time and expertise on this matter.
My google apps email using my own domain name is up and running.
Thanks again,
John B
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