[Pdns-users] need help with Google Apps (Mail) + PowerDNS

Scott Haneda talklists at newgeo.com
Wed May 13 20:54:09 UTC 2009

On May 13, 2009, at 1:20 PM, - Simon - wrote:

> I have a small problem with MX records. We are using Google Apps for  
> web application's email needs and we've already set everything up.  
> We can now send emails from @ourdomainname.combut we cannot receive  
> them. To do so, we need to change some MX records as instructed on  
> Google but they do not give any guidance for PowerDNS + PowerAdmin  
> and nobody online uses this combo so I can't find any help.  
> Basically if you go to https://www.google.com/a/ourdomainname.com/  
> and then login, and then click on the link "Activate email" right  
> below the email icon, you will see the set of instructions that I'm  
> trying to follow (if you create a Google Apps account or already  
> have one or you can view the exact page by going to "http://www.forum.optymalizacja.com/lofiversion/index.php/t25816.html 
> ", you will see it in the quote. ). The thing is that when I enter  
> the first value into PowerDNS, I get "Error: You are using an  
> invalid top level domain.". There are step by step instructions for  
> GoDaddy but not for PowerDNS. Any help would be really appreciated.  
> Thank

I have not used PowerAdmin before, but looking at a screen shot, I  
hope this is similar to what you have:


I have set up google mx's many times before.

You need these records
      @       IN      MX      10 ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
      @       IN      MX      20 ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
      @       IN      MX      20 ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM.
      @       IN      MX      30 ASPMX2.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.
      @       IN      MX      30 ASPMX3.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.
      @       IN      MX      30 ASPMX4.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.
      @       IN      MX      30 ASPMX5.GOOGLEMAIL.COM.

So looking at the MX record in the image, you would put that records  
domain in the "Name" column, type of MX, Content is each of the lines  
above, one each, per MX, prioroty is the number above, and TTL I would  
hope you can leave blank and let be a default, otherwise, 7200 seems  

I think your issues is you are trying to put google data into the  
"Name" field, which is not correct.
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