Configuring DNS CNAME and MX records for Google Apps on discountASP.NET


The other day I signed up for $g(Google Apps) for my domain allowing me to use $g(GMail) as my mail client among other things. Initially, I had a little trouble configuring the $g(MX records) in order to get GMail working on discountASP.NET (DASP) and I noticed on their support forums others had similar issues. I could send email from the account but couldn’t get replies because sending TO my address failed. The mistake I made was in the MX records where I prefixed my domain with “mail” which was incorrect, no prefix is required. Once I corrected the settings, based on forum reply from DASP, GMail worked instantly.

Here are my DNS settings for Google Apps:

CNAME Record Manager : [Help?]
Canonical Name Record: Creates an alias from one hostname to another.
Use of CNAME is generally not recommended.

Domain Name Destination TTL
start.stevetrefethen.com ghs.google.com 3600
calendar.stevetrefethen.com ghs.google.com 3600
home.stevetrefethen.com ghs.google.com 3600
docs.stevetrefethen.com ghs.google.com 3600
mail.stevetrefethen.com ghs.google.com 3600

MX Record Manager : [Help?]
Mail Exchanger Record: Identifies the email server that handles email for a domain.

Domain Name Destination Distance TTL
stevetrefethen.com ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 10 3600
stevetrefethen.com ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 15 3600
stevetrefethen.com ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 15 3600
stevetrefethen.com ASPMX2.GOOGLEMAIL.COM 20 3600
stevetrefethen.com ASPMX3.GOOGLEMAIL.COM 20 3600
stevetrefethen.com ASPMX4.GOOGLEMAIL.COM 20 3600
stevetrefethen.com ASPMX5.GOOGLEMAIL.COM 20 3600

I really like discountASP.NET which is why I participate in their referral program. So far I’ve had 14 people use my referral ID so thanks to those of you who have signed up, I’ve already made my first $120! Btw, it’s nice to visit a forum for a company where you can consistently read messages that are thankful for such high quality support for a change.

Btw, be sure to check out Scott Hanselman’s post on Google Apps as it’s not the solution for everyone, at least not yet. I’m going to play with it for a bit and see how it works.

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