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How do i set up a backup Mail Exchanger in Cpanel, step by step?

I an googled the subject, found some solutions but always some bits are missing

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by:John Gates, CISSP
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Do you actually have a backup MX with your service provider?
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by:defrey
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Are you familiar with Cpanel?
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by:John Gates, CISSP
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Yes.  I use A2Hosting for my domains and it uses Cpanel
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Ok.  So here is the procedure.  Set up an smtp server to receive mail for your domain but has no local mailboxes (store and forward) create the DNS a record for this server IE mxbackup.yourdomain.com then in cpanel set up the MX record through MX entry.  Make sure you set the backup mail server at a higher number than your primary example:

mx.domain.com Priority:0
mxbackup.yourdomain.com Priority:10

If you don't have a secondary server available then you cannot create a backup MX that will actually be available if your main cpanel domain is unavailable.

Hope this makes sense.

-D-
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