Solved

Exchange DNS records

Posted on 2011-02-24
9
299 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
When operating an SBS 2008 Exchange 2007 server should you have an A record  for the server, such as, remote.domain.com at IP address 111.222.333.444 and then an MX record using the same name, remote.domain.com?
0
Comment
Question by:blacktwig
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 5
  • 2
  • 2
9 Comments
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Glen Knight
ID: 34974383
Yes that would work fine.

You would also need to configure a rDNS record (your ISP will need to do this) and call that remote.domain.com as well
0
 

Author Comment

by:blacktwig
ID: 34974479
Thanks,  I was told only to use an MX record without an A record, but I wasn't sure how the MX record would work if it only had the name and not the ip address listed.  I figured an A record would be necessary so the name and ip address would match.  Is my thinking correct?
0
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Glen Knight
ID: 34974506
NO!

Using an MX record with anything other than an A record is in violation of the RFC setting out the way in which MX records should be configured.

Check out my article here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/Server_Software/Email_Servers/Exchange/A_2370-Exchange-DNS-Configuration.html
0
Independent Software Vendors: We Want Your Opinion

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
ID: 34974629
>>"  I figured an A record would be necessary so the name and ip address would match.  Is my thinking correct?"

Yes, you should create an A record and MX record. not only MX record.
0
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Glen Knight
ID: 34974643
Original question: >>"should you have an A record  for the server, such as, remote.domain.com at IP address 111.222.333.444 and then an MX record using the same name, remote.domain.com?"

My first response, "Yes that should be fine"
0
 
LVL 23

Expert Comment

by:Suliman Abu Kharroub
ID: 34974680
I am totally agree with you...

In my comment i replied to comment "34974479" not to the original question because you did answer it from the first.

I copied the question in comment "34974479" to avoid suck case...

0
 

Author Comment

by:blacktwig
ID: 34979251
Thanks for the replies.  Not to kick a dead horse, but so I understand thoroughly.  

Should the entries look like:
Host name as @, Record type of A, then the IP Address or the mail server OR

Host Name as @, Record type of Cname, Address using remote.domain.com
Host name as remote, Record type of A, address as 111.222.333.444

MX reocrd pointed at remote.domain.com

Reading Step 2 in the document is confusing me a bit.  Should I use the ip address or the cname.

Thanks.



0
 
LVL 74

Expert Comment

by:Glen Knight
ID: 34979307
OK,

Record type A with a name of remote.domain.com pointing to the external IP

MX record = remote.domain.com

It's all explained in my article.
0
 
LVL 74

Accepted Solution

by:
Glen Knight earned 500 total points
ID: 34979320
Sorry forgot to answer the question about CNAME, although I did in my previous posts.

an Mx record should use an A record, no other type of record is acceptable.

There is no need to setup a CNAME record.
0

Featured Post

Edgartown IT Case Study

Learn about Edgartown's quest to ensure the safety and security of the entire town's employee and citizen data. Read the case study!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Following basic email etiquette rules will help you write a professional email and achieve a good, lasting impression with your contacts.
How to resolve IMCEAEX NDRs in Exchange or Exchange Online related to invalid X500 addresses.
In this video we show how to create an Address List in Exchange 2013. We show this process by using the Exchange Admin Center. Log into Exchange Admin Center.: First we need to log into the Exchange Admin Center. Navigate to the Organization >> Ad…
The basic steps you have just learned will be implemented in this video. The basic steps are shown to configure an Exchange DAG in a live working Exchange Server Environment and manage the same (Exchange Server 2010 Software is used in a Windows Ser…

740 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question