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Setting DNS correctly at GoDaddy

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I have a customer that has a DNS issue.  He has a mail server that he hosts locally and his web server (ecommerce) that hosted remotely.  Both use the same name ie myhost.com.

I've had a devil of a time getting the settings correct in GoDaddy as they don't allow you to specify www. or mail. to a specific IP, but rather make you point it to the @ names in the A host.

Can anyone point out to me how to do this properly?

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Question by:creativenetworks
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by:BCipollone
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Example.com

A Hosts
www - ecommerce server ip
mail - exchange server ip

resolves as

www.example.com - ecommerce
mail.example.com - exchange

Is this not correct?
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by:creativenetworks
ID: 34919288
Do I not need an MX record as well?
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by:creativenetworks
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And what about the @ A Host record.  Not needed?
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by:t0dd_sw
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For mail servers, you need to set the MX records to aim at your exchange servers'  public facing IP address (or spam filter if you are using one of those).

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by:t0dd_sw
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From GoDaddy help:
To Add an MX Record
1.Go to the Zone File Editor for the domain name you want to update.
2.Click Add New Record. The Add DNS Record Window displays.
3.From the Record type list, select MX (Mail Exchanger).
4.Complete the following fields:
•Priority — Select the priority you want to assign to the mail server.
•Host Name — Enter the domain name or subdomain for the MX record. For example, type @ to map the record directly to your domain name, or enter the subdomain of your host name, such as www or ftp.
•Enter Goes To Address — Enter the mail server's address, such as smtp.secureserver.net. (note, this can also be a IP address, this is your email server public IP, or fqdn if you created on earlier)
•TTL — Select how long the server should cache the information.
5.Click OK.
6.Click Save Zone File, and then click OK. The new MX records displays in the MX (Mail Exchanger) section.
To Edit an MX Record
1.Go to the Zone File Editor for the domain name you want to update.
2.In the MX (Mail Exchanger) section, click the MX record you want to edit.
3.Edit any of the following fields:
•Priority — Select the priority you want to assign to the mail server.
•Host — Enter the domain name or subdomain for the MX record. For example, type @ to map the record directly to your domain name, or enter the subdomain of your host name, such as www or ftp.
•Points to — Enter the mail server's address, such as smtp.secureserver.net.
•TTL — Select how long the server should cache the information.
4.Click Save Zone File, and then click OK.
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Yes you do...

Here is a visual of how to setup the Exchange Host and MX records:http://scottelkin.com/programming/how-to-properly-configure-godaddy-dns-settings/
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This question has been classified as abandoned and is being closed as part of the Cleanup Program. See my comment at the end of the question for more details.
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