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 MX Donation rejection problems
Author: D.Vavich   (19 Feb 05 3:34pm)
Ok, here goes... I've created subdomains for each MX record I'm trying to donate:

Subdomains:
email.limo-drivers.com ->pointing to my server ip -> 65.39.218.202
email2.limo-drivers.com ->pointing to my server ip -> 65.39.218.202
email3.limo-drivers.com ->pointing to my server ip -> 65.39.218.202
email4.limo-drivers.com ->pointing to my server ip -> 65.39.218.202
email5.limo-drivers.com ->pointing to my server ip -> 65.39.218.202

and then I've gone in and created the MX records in my MX Manager:

MX Records
email.limo-drivers.com ->pointing to your server ip -> 66.139.76.143
email2.limo-drivers.com ->pointing to your server ip -> 66.139.76.143
email3.limo-drivers.com ->pointing to your server ip -> 66.139.76.143
email4.limo-drivers.com ->pointing to your server ip -> 66.139.76.143
email5.limo-drivers.com ->pointing to your server ip -> 66.139.76.143

But when I do an MX record serch on my site it shows up as:

email.mx.limo-drivers.com. A IN 86400 66.139.76.143
email2.mx.limo-drivers.com. A IN 86400 66.139.76.143
email3.mx.limo-drivers.com. A IN 86400 66.139.76.143
email4.mx.limo-drivers.com. A IN 86400 66.139.76.143
email5.mx.limo-drivers.com. A IN 86400 66.139.76.143

... So I guess my question is - where am I screwing this up at?

Do I need to point the subdomains to your IP also or is there something else I'm missing?

Help me help you help everybody - please! ;)

Thanks in advance,

David
 
 Re: MX Donation rejection problems
Author: M.Prince   (19 Feb 05 4:08pm)
First, and most importantly, you should never point an MX at an IP address you believe represents our mail server. Not only do we have different servers responsible for different donated domains, but we change the IP addresses for our mail servers regularly in order to help avoid detection. Instead of pointing the MX to an IP you should point it at the domain we give you during the donation process.

Now, as to the specifics of your DNS record, these appear to be "A" records, not "MX" records:

email.mx.limo-drivers.com. A IN 86400 66.139.76.143
email2.mx.limo-drivers.com. A IN 86400 66.139.76.143
email3.mx.limo-drivers.com. A IN 86400 66.139.76.143
email4.mx.limo-drivers.com. A IN 86400 66.139.76.143
email5.mx.limo-drivers.com. A IN 86400 66.139.76.143

I did a "DIG" on your domain and here are your MX records:

limo-drivers.com. 86400 IN MX 10 email.mx.limo-drivers.com.
limo-drivers.com. 86400 IN MX 10 email2.mx.limo-drivers.com.
limo-drivers.com. 86400 IN MX 10 email3.mx.limo-drivers.com.
limo-drivers.com. 86400 IN MX 10 email4.mx.limo-drivers.com.
limo-drivers.com. 86400 IN MX 10 email5.mx.limo-drivers.com.

So it looks like what's happening is that you've pointed:

limo-drivers.com -> email#.mx.limo-drivers.com -> 66.139.76.143

That means any mail sent to:

[username]@limo-drivers.com

is currently being directed to 66.139.76.143. I don't think this is what you intended, and may actually be causing you to lose legitimate mail sent to your domain.

What you need to do is point the MXs for limo-drivers.com back to where they were before. Then create a new MX not for limo-drivers.com, but for the subdomain email.limo-drivers.com. That should be pointed to the domain we gave you when you donated the record. If you don't remember what that is, login to your account, click Manage MX Records from the tab bar, and click the "Finish" link next to the domain in question.

Hopefully that helps you get things back on track.
 
 Re: MX Donation rejection problems
Author: D.Vavich   (20 Feb 05 9:53pm)
It does help a little - but there is one problem - my sites are hosted on funio.com and the *ONLY* option I have for managing my MX records is to point them at an IP address...

I would hate to think that that limitation will prevent me from donating MXs - because I REALLY hate spam.
 
 Re: MX Donation rejection problems
Author: M.Prince   (21 Feb 05 12:45am)
Actually, MXs are NEVER supposed to be pointed directly at IPs, they cna be pointed at A records within your domain, CNAME records within your domain, or a URL within a different domain. If your DNS manager is forcing you to point an MX at an IP then there is likely something wrong with it. You might want to sent a customer service request to your ISP/DNS provider and see if they can help out.
 
 Re: MX Donation rejection problems
Author: D.Vavich   (21 Feb 05 11:49pm)
I will check with them and see if anything can be done...
 
 Re: MX Donation rejection problems
Author: D.Hoviss   (26 Jan 06 9:50am)
I point the MX record at your mx5.xxxxxx.xxx mail server, then I need to use an A record or a Cname = IP address to define mail.mydomain.com.

Your system seems to reject this.

An example on the web site would be very informative for DNS operators that might want to see how the zone should look...

-Daniel



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