Using an External MX E-mail Servers

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To use a message server belonging to another provider, change the MX records. These determine the server used to receive e-mail.

  1. Go to Domains > Domain [example.org] details (cog wheel) > DNS records ;

    Administration interface: list of DNS records
    Administration interface: list of DNS records

  2. Choose Add a DNS record,

  3. Fill-in the form.

    Administration interface: add an MX record
    Administration interface: add an MX record
    This will automatically disable our MX records.

Do not put the root into the Hostname. For example, by putting example.org in this box, you will create a record for example.org.example.org.

MX servers for various providers

ProviderTTLPriorityValue
Gandi1080010spool.mail.gandi.net
1080050fb.mail.gandi.net
GSuite36001aspmx.l.google.com
36005alt1.aspmx.l.google.com
36005alt2.aspmx.l.google.com
360010alt3.aspmx.l.google.com
360010alt4.aspmx.l.google.com
Microsoft Outlook36001[id_mx_microsoft].mail.protection.outlook.com
OVH36001mx0.mail.ovh.net
36005mx1.mail.ovh.net
360050mx2.mail.ovh.net
3600100mx3.mail.ovh.net

[id_mx_microsoft] is randomly generated by Microsoft based on the domain name

Bypass MX servers

It may be useful to bypass external MX to reach alwaysdata’s MX directly.

To send an e-mail to foobar@example.org through alwaysdata’s MX (while example.org uses external MX):

  • create the e-mail address in the admin,
  • send an e-mail to:
    • foobar%example.org@mx.alwaysdata.com if the account is located in the public Cloud,
    • foobar%example.org@server.alwaysdata.com if the account is located in VPS/dedicated servers (server to replace by the name of the server).