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Adding Mail server to SPF record

Posted on 2016-09-19
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Hi, we have a secure web portal that sends us an email when someone logs in and makes some changes to their account. It is handled and hosted by the developer. It worked fine for a long time but recently we have been receiving bounce backs because the developers server is not authorized to send email on behalf of our Domain.

I have added  their servers IP4 address after the IP address of our mail server, in the SPF record. Does the syntax look correct.

v=spf1 mx ptr mx:mail.ourdomain.com ip4:222.222.222.222 ip4:33.333.33.33 -all
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by:max_the_king
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hi,
try and change syntax from
-all
to
~all

hope this helps
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Marcus Bointon earned 500 total points
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That looks workable, but I recommend you put the IP addresses first as it makes it faster for receivers to check it, like this:

v=spf1 ip4:222.222.222.222 ip4:33.333.33.33 mx ptr mx:mail.ourdomain.com -all

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There's not usually much to be gained by ptr entries in SPF records.

To be certain, check the exact settings that the bounce is coming from manually and make sure its covered by your SPF.
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by:Marcus Bointon
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Don't change -all to ~all unless you're also using DMARC; it will weaken your SPF settings unnecessarily. Solve the exact problem, don't just give up!
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you may want to read this:

http://www.openspf.org/SPF_Record_Syntax

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by:Stev0W
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Thanks. Moved the record around as suggested and drooped the ptr entry. Seems to be working fine.
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