Will changing DNS stop email from working?

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If I change our company's DNS to a different host, will it keep our email from working? I am unsure of how MX handling works, but right now we are routing our email through postini (anti-spam service) and then its being sent to our domain. I would think that changing the DNS would only mess with the web portion of it, but it would be the end of me if email went down for even half a second. Pleas help!

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Correct DNS setup is required for mail to work as well as web traffic.

When you setup your DNS host you will need to ensure that you setup the hosting and MX records correctly so that the email gets forwarded to Postini and then from Postini to your mail server.

Postini and your new hosting provider should be able to help you get this setup in advance of the cutover.

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  • ITsHere
    Thanks for the helpful advice!
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  • Wrobinson
    The proposed DNS change should take place over a weekend to allow for propagation of the DNS records throughout the Internet. Your users should be aware of the change in case there are any outages as a result. Then you will probably want to kick the change off on Friday evening and by Monday, everything should be working -- provided the changes were made correctly.
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  • Denny Cherry
    No problem, I'm glad to help.
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  • Jerry Lees
    Here's a trick to not have to work the weekend (if you can get away with it)... I've done it this way many times with no ill effects relating to "propigation". IMHO, the propagation myth is perpetuated by Network solutions insistance of only updating the DNS zone files 2 times a day-- however, keep in mind this is only for root and TLD name servers. Essentially, the 36 hour quote they tell you is their way of padding the timeline. Like telling your boss you can get it done in a week, when you know it will only take a day or two because you KNOW he's going to pull you off atleast 3 times in the week to work on the VP's installation of Microsoft Dinosaurs. Here's the tip.... 3 days before needing to make the change drop your TTL on the records needing changed (or the DNS domain) to 1 hour. That should allow time for the old setting to fall out across the internet. Then you can change the record and only have to wait a couple of hours before you know your tests are good. Reference rfc 1035 for more information on TTL, but here is an excerpt: a 32 bit signed integer that specifies the time interval that the resource record may be cached before the source of the information should again be consulted. Zero values are interpreted to mean that the RR can only be used for the transaction in progress, and should not be cached. For example, SOA records are always distributed with a zero TTL to prohibit caching. Zero values can also be used for extremely volatile data.
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