Pointing Email servers

March 11, 2014 2k views
Hi I'm trying to setup Email with DO. This is the instructions I've received. This domain name is using third party DNS, please contact your DNS provider to add the following records: mail.test.estate IN CNAME 0 oxwebmail.registrar-servers.com. test.estate IN MX 10 oxmail1.registrar-servers.com. test.estate IN TXT 0 v=spf1 include:ox.registrar-servers.com ~all test.estate IN MX 10 oxmail2.registrar-servers.com. How do I paste these into the DNS tabs? They don't match
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Hi stephenmelb,

DNS can be a bit tricky at times. It looks like your email provider is asking you to add these DNS records to a domain with DNS managed by DigitalOcean?

They're asking you to add a CNAME, two MX records, and a TXT records. The CNAME record will allow you to easily access your webmail by going to mail.test.estate. The two MX records will tell other computers how to route email coming to you, and the TXT record is for sender verification.

To add the CNAME, click "Add Record", choose "CNAME", set "Name" to "mail.test.estate" and "Hostname" to "oxwebmail.registrar-servers.com." then click "Create".

To add the two MX records, follow the steps above, except choose "MX" instead of "CNAME". Your "Priority" will be "10" for both records we're going to create. For the first "Hostname", use "oxmail1.registrar-servers.com.", and use "oxmail2.registrar-servers.com." for the second one.

Last but not least, the TXT. Follow the same steps as before, but choose "TXT". "Name" should be "test.estate" and "Text" should be "v=spf1 include:ox.registrar-servers.com ~all".

I hope this helps! If you need any clarification, please don't hesitate to ask. I've also included example screenshots below.

- Charles

CNAME Example: http://cl.ly/UMXN
MX Example: http://cl.ly/UMrM
TXT Example: http://cl.ly/UMPL
  • Was this solution correct? I'm faced with essentially the same issue. Using namecheap email for a domain DNS managed via DigitalOcean.

    The answer all seems to make sense except for the counter-intuitive part where "test.estate IN MX 10 oxmail1.registrar-servers.com." is requesting an MX record that doesn't include "test.estate" at all.

    It would be nice to know if this was the correct course of action.

  • I can now confirm that this solution was correct.

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