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  1. #1
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    what's the best way to setup offsite email (rackspace) with server

    Hello,

    We have a server where we host the sites and email services, and we are looking to buy a MS Exchange offsite email solution in order to have a reliable dedicated email service.

    We are thinking on going with Rackspace MS Exchange solution:
    http://www.rackspace.com/email_hosting/exchange_hosting

    So now its the hard part, i run my own dns / nameservers at this server so if i just change the mx at my Plesk panel if my webserver goes offline my email will also stop working, correct?

    And at my registrar i only can change the name of the nameservers and the ips... and also add more nameservers (im using 2 ns).


    So i need to figure it out how to config/setup the rackspace email in a way that when my webserver goes offline my email can keep up working.

    The rackspace support team, said to me that they can host/run my dns on their servers in order to have my email working if my webserver goes offline.

    So what do you think? Its a goo idea? The only idea?

    Or there are better ideas?

    Fell free to give your advice, im really need help on this.

    thanks

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    yes you will need backup dns server since you hosting all in one. You can go with rackspace solution of using their dns as backup plus their email service. once you setup the dns you can simply add to your registrar like ns3.yourdomain.com and ns4.yourdomain.com

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    You can setup secondary MX *AND* MX backup service with a service like DNSMadeEasy.
    This way, DNS is still answering if your main web / dns server is down, and, if for some reason Rackspace ever goes down for mail, DNSME will optionally spool your mail until it comes back up.
    Rackspace, as kamal_s said, may also privide 2ndary dns for you.
    Just depends on your preference.
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    thanks for your ideas!

    So at the momment im thinking of setting up like this:

    - Change at my webserver the mx records to point to rackspace email

    - Request to rackspace a secondary dns only for email in order to add at my registrar a ns3/ns4 in order to have redundacy and my email keep working even if my webserver goes down.

    So is this possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by pedrojose View Post
    thanks for your ideas!

    So at the momment im thinking of setting up like this:

    - Change at my webserver the mx records to point to rackspace email

    - Request to rackspace a secondary dns only for email in order to add at my registrar a ns3/ns4 in order to have redundacy and my email keep working even if my webserver goes down.

    So is this possible?
    As long as Rackspace is pulling secondaries from your master dns that will work just fine.
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