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Currently, our website is hosted on the same server as email.  We wish to have website hosted on another server, and keep email on the current server.  How can I set up DNS records?

current setup:
mydomain.com.      A      69.xxx.xxx.xxx      
ftp      A      69.xxx.xxx.xxx      
imap      A      70.yyy.yyy.yy      
localhost      A      127.0.0.1      
mail      A      69.xxx.xxx.xxx      
pop      A      69.xxx.xxx.xxx      
smtp      A      69.xxx.xxx.xxx      
mydomain.com.      NS      ns1.xxxyyyzzz.com.      
mydomain.com.      NS      ns2.xxxyyyzzz.com.      
mail      MX      10      
mydomain.com.      TXT      "v=spf1 a mx ip4:69.xxx.xxx.xxx ~all"
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by:Gary
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All that should be required is to set your MX records to point to the mail server and add an A record for the mail's domain..
What OS are you on/what control panel do you have?
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MX records and A record already work as set up for email.  A records already are set up for website as well and work correctly.  I moved website files to another server with a new shared IP address and want to set up the A records to now reach the new website/server, and leave the email on the current server.

There is also a www A record at  69.xxx.xxx.xxx IP address that I did not list above.
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by:Gary
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Does your email server have it's own IP?
On the website server you need to change the MX record (mail subdomain - or whatever you use) and add the A record (for mail) to point to the email servers IP.
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by:mrdanmrdan
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email server has same shared IP address as the current web server.

It is not the email server that I am trying to change.  It is the website server.
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by:Gary
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Not sure if I am following you here
If you are wanting to keep the email on a server with a shared IP and the website on another completely separate server then you need a separate domain for the email.
You can only have your NS pointing to one server (barring a fallover server).
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So I have my NS pointing to the server where the email is.  Can I set up an "A record" to point to a different IP address where the website server is?
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by:Gary
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Is the server, where the email is on, a server with other domains on it?

Your NS and all other records should be pointing to where ever you website is hosted.
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by:mrdanmrdan
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Yes the server where the email is on is a server with other domains on it.

So I guess the only way to make it work is to change NS to be where the website is hosted, and then set MX record on the new server?
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Then you cannot have the email separate from the website - they need to be on the same server unless you get a separate domain just for the email.
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ok.  Thanks.  That makes sense.
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