Godaddy, DNS, MX to point to Spam Filter

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This should be an easy task, but I am having problems with a DNS on a Godaddy system.  Godaddy will not help because I don't use them for hosting.

I have three servers each one hosts a web site, and has a full mail server.  To offload the servers I have added a Barracuda spam filter.  Two of the DNS are with Network Solutions.  I was able to make point the mail to the Barracuda box and everything works fine.  I can't get the Godaddy DNS to send its mail to the Barracuda box.  The mail still goes to the server.
Godaddys' page looks this:
A (host)                                         Points to
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    @                             |             xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx                         (ip of my server)
   barracuda                 |             xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx                         (ip of the barracuda box)
--------------------------------------------------------------------
CNAMES
-------------------------------------------------------------------
..
..
..
..
-------------------------------------------------------------------
MX (Mail Exchange)
  Priority          Host                        Goes to
-------------------------------------------------------------------
  10              barracuda            mail.mydomain.com
  10              barracuda            smtp.mydomain.com
-------------------------------------------------------------------

This does not work.  The mail is still going directly to my server.  I'm a little PO'd with Godaddy because they won't evan talk to me about this because I'm not pointing to their system.  Any help would greatly appreciated.

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do you have the right name servers in your go daddy setup? It would be the Netowkr Solutions name servers if you are using them for DNS.

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Commented:
Let me clearify:  I host my web sites on my own servers.    I have two domains registered with Network Solutions and use their name servers to point to the IP of my servers, and Barracuda box for the mail.  The box filters the mil and send it to my servers.  Everything works fine with Network Solutions.  

I have one domain registered with Godaddy.  I have had their name server pointing the domain and the mail to my server.   Now I want to have the mail sent to the Barracuda Spam box so I can filter it before it goes to my mail server.  

I only brought up Network Solutions because it works fine with them,  I just can't get it to work at Godaddy.

Commented:
That is easy to fix. Your fields in your MX records are the wrong way round.
The host should be @ and the "Goes to" should be barracuda.yourdomain

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Commented:
feptias;
Are you saying that it should be set up as follows:

A (host)                                         Points to
-------------------------------------------------------------------
    @                             |             xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx                         (ip of my server)
   barracuda                 |             xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx                         (ip of the barracuda box)
--------------------------------------------------------------------
CNAMES
-------------------------------------------------------------------
..
..
..
..
-------------------------------------------------------------------
MX (Mail Exchange)
  Priority          Host                        Goes to
-------------------------------------------------------------------
  10                   @                   barracuda.mail.mydomain.com
  10                   @                   barracuda.smtp.mydomain.com
-------------------------------------------------------------------


Commented:
Not quite. Why do you want to add "mail" and "smtp" to the FQDN of the barracuda server?
Also, there is not much point in having the same Priority for your two MX records. In fact, there may be little point in having two MX records if you only have one viable destination - i.e. the barracuda.

You have defined an A record that points to the IP address of the barracuda. Then you just need one MX record that points to the A record:
A (host)                                         Points to
-------------------------------------------------------------------
    @                             |             xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx                         (ip of my server)
   barracuda                 |             xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx                         (ip of the barracuda box)
--------------------------------------------------------------------
CNAMES
-------------------------------------------------------------------
..
..
-------------------------------------------------------------------
MX (Mail Exchange)
  Priority          Host                        Goes to
-------------------------------------------------------------------
  10                   @                   barracuda.mydomain.com
-------------------------------------------------------------------

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