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Exchange setup and dns records

I set up a new domain example.local on windows server 2k3. The servers name is destiny.example.local    Next i installed exchange 2k3 and am trying to struggle through the dns problems. I realize that the .local domain name makes it tricky because it is not a top level domain name. I sucessfully changed the smtp setting to use our newly purched top level domain name. We are sending mail ok and cannot receive.

The domain name that we purchased (exampleexample.com) I have set the a record on the hosting site to mail and the mx record to mail.exampleexample.com. with it set like this the exchange server dosent appear to be working. I am in the process of waiting to see if the i just has not propergated correctly or the setting is wrong.

In my DNS locally i have created an a record for mail to point to the destiny's IP ( --for example). i also made an a record for exampleexample.com  

Please advise.

Thank you in advance!
1 Solution
Check this out.
Put your domain name in and click on MX Lookup
When it returns results, click on SMTP Test.
Suliman Abu KharroubIT Consultant Commented:
no need to create MX internally...

Just make sure you entered the correct ip address in public DNS.

does the public IP address assigned to exchange server directly of throw router ( firewall )? if so, do you created a port forwarding ( port 25 TCP)  or exchange publishing if ISA/TMG?

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