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DNS settings for single Domain, Web, and Exchange 2013

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Hello,

This question is about DNS settings:

I am setting up a test domain with Windows 2012 and Exchange 2013, and I am starting from scratch, today. My eventual goal is to have a fully functional domain and a working Exchange 2013 server. Eventually, I want to use Outlook Anywhere and Autodiscover. I also have an SSL certificate that I will apply. Before I get ahead of myself, I need to start at the beginning.

Here is what my test domain looks like:

* I have one static iP
* One Windows 2012 server has AD installed.
* One Windows 2012 server has Exchange 2013 installed.
* The Exchange 2013 server also has IIS installed with a basic web page.
* Two Windows 7/8.1 workstations are joined to the domain.

I need to make sure I plan my ISP's DNS settings correctly so that I can also plan my firewall's forwarding correctly to the web page and OWA, autodiscover, and SSL will work correctly.

What are the recommended DNS entries at the ISP level, and what should my default routing ports be in my firewall? Please note, I am not that good with DNS so please explain in detail if they need to be A records or C records (and what the settings should be).

Thanks.

J
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Hello,

For DNS:

Create a "A record": mail.yourdomain.com pointing to your IP.

You dont have mentionned if you want to receive mail on that server, if so:

Create a "MX Record" pointing to : mail.yourdomain.com


Default routing ports:
443 to your Exchange for HTTPS
25 to your Exchange for SMTP.

After all, you will can create a SPF record before going into production. Its not needed for a test environnement. Same for your reverse DNS (you will need to ask to your ISP)
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Thank you for the help. I setup my test domain and firewall with your recommendations. Now, I can move onto the next step.
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