Exchange Email MX record & public web separation

Hello experts.

I am doing a new install and need to know can I split up the MX Records for my domain and continue to have the public website. The email will be hosted by the SBS/Exchange for MYDOMAIN.COM and I'll continue to have that website hosted by a third party. Is that possible?

Thanks for any reply.
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PhosphorAsked:
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jfk013097Connect With a Mentor Commented:

>OK, do I add an A record:
>mail    XX.65.xx.xx
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>And just change the MX record to
>mail.domain.net?

Yes, exactly, point your MX record to mail.domain.net

your legacy website can stay as long as you desire. Unless you want to change where the website points, you need do nothing with that.
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jfk013097Commented:
Sorry, your question is not clear - so neither is any solution forthcoming. I think you want to introduce a new subdomain and split the incoming mail traffic - but dependent on what criteria?

If you can clarify that I might be able to help you.


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Alan HardistyCo-OwnerCommented:
Your mx records and website can point to totally different servers and are only related by the domain name.

If you want to host your own mail on your own server and host the website on a hosting companies servers that's perfectly okay.

Alan
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PhosphorAuthor Commented:
So my A records currently are:

    xx.xx.xx.32
*   xx.xx.xx.32

And my MX Record is currently:

mx.domain.net.cust.b.hostedemail.com

My new domain is domain.net and the server name is powder.domain.net...

How do you point the mx record to my static IP address?
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PhosphorAuthor Commented:
I forgot to add that my public DNS records are at my registrar.
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ChopperCenturyCommented:
Point your MX record to the NAT'd public IP address of your exchange server that you have setup on your firewall.
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ChopperCenturyCommented:
Rather the A record of your mail server.
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PhosphorAuthor Commented:
OK, do I add an A record:
mail    XX.65.xx.xx

And just change the MX record to
mail.domain.net?
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Alan HardistyConnect With a Mentor Co-OwnerCommented:
If your fixed IP is 123.123.123.123 then setup an A record in DNS at your Domain Registrar as follows:

mail    A    123.123.123.123

Then setup an MX record that points to mail.yourdomain.com with a priority of 10 or whatever is lower than any existing MX records.

If you have more than 1 MX record, you should remove the others unless you want mail going to another location in case your server goes down.
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PhosphorAuthor Commented:
Thanks to both of you.
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