Domain registar move.


At the moment I have my domain which is I have connected to Office 365 (Microsoft hosts) my email.

Now my question is I am thinking of keeping the same domain name but migrating between different registrars - will I loose emails. Or will the Microsoft server hold them. Or will the get rejected.

So I am thinking about the emails that are in transit while the change over happens?

Any other risks I should be aware of?


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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
The registrar doesn't matter.  The DNS matters.

If your domain's DNS is hosted by the registrar, it could be "lost" and you'd have to reconfigure.  If you move DNS to Microsoft (I believe they offer hosting of DNS) or use a third party (I use AWS (and I think Azure offers the same thing) - costs me about $.60 per month for one domain but is VERY reliable with geographic redundancy)
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If DNS is unable to locate your server, at worst those sending you email will not be notified (if their servers don't send NDR notices).  If they do, they will get a message that your domain couldn't be found.

Frankly, given that domains are cheap I would test this first - the big problem is, you usually can't move a domain for 60 days after registration or renewal, so your test will have to wait 2 months once you have a test domain to try.
whorsfallAuthor Commented:
Hi Lee,

Thanks for your response. Actually it is a live domain so running now. I don't mind to much have to re-configure the DNS it more about loosing the emails which is my concern or people not being able to email me.


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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Office doesn't care where your domain is registered... your existing emails will be fine.  Future emails could be a problem is DNS is lost/changed.  If you use a third party DNS service (as opposed to the DNS service provided by your registrar you shouldn't have a problem.  And you can move to a new DNS provider any time, preconfigure the records, and then change the name servers with zero interruption.

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Shalom CarmelCTOCommented:
Decouple your DNS from your registrar.
Sign up with an independent DNS service, Route53, or NS1, or Zoneedit, or google for DNS services.

Once you do that, moving registrars is really trivial, you just have to set up your NS servers at the registrars.
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