Locating your DreamHost email DNS records

Overview

This article explains how to locate your DreamHost email DNS records.

Domains use several different types of DNS records. This article is specifically about email DNS records.

Confirming where your email DNS records are managed

Your email DNS records are managed at the company where your domain's nameservers are pointed. The following article explains how to view where your domain's nameservers are pointed.

Nameservers pointed to DreamHost Nameservers NOT pointed to DreamHost

The DreamHost email DNS records in your panel are being used.

Your DreamHost email DNS records are pointing to a different company. In order to use DreamHost email, you must point your DNS to DreamHost using one of the following options:

  • Point your nameservers (recommended)
  • Point individual records (A, CNAME, DKIM, MX, SRV, TXT, etc)

The best option is to point your nameservers to DreamHost since this points ALL of your DNS records to DreamHost, including email.

The only reason to not point your nameservers is if you have specific services you need to continue hosting at another company. In that case, you would need to manually set up all individual email DNS records (shown below) at the host where your domain's DNS is currently managed.

Option 1: Pointing your nameservers to DreamHost

If your domain is registered at another company and you would like all of your DNS records hosted at DreamHost, it's recommended you point your nameservers to DreamHost. View the following article for a list of common hosting companies and instructions on how to do this:

Option 2: Pointing individual DNS records to DreamHost

If your domain is registered at another company but you are unable to point your nameservers to DreamHost, you'll need to point individual DNS records to DreamHost instead.

The following steps explain how to view the email DNS records configured for your domain at DreamHost. You will then need to add these at the company where your nameservers are currently pointed.

  1. Open the DNS page for your domain. View the following article for instructions:

    Please note that the records below are only examples. Your specific DNS records will be different. You can read more about DNS in the following article:

    As mentioned above, this does not mean these are the DNS records being used by your domain. Your nameservers or individual records must be pointed to DreamHost in order for these records to be active.

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  2. The following email DNS records display:
    DNS record Example value
    _domainkey DKIM records sign emails to help verify the sender.
    _autodiscover._tcp (SRV) 5 0 443 autoconfig.dreamhost.com — This is an SRV record that assists email applications automatically configure the correct settings.
    autoconfig (CNAME) autoconfig.dreamhost.com — This is a CNAME record that assists email applications automatically configure the correct settings.
    *mail. (A) 64.90.62.162 — This is a standard subdomain that can be used to connect your client or program to the mail server.
    *mail. (MX)

    This domain has enabled Spam filtering, so the MX records appear as:

    mx1.mailchannels.net
    mx2.mailchannels.net

    If Spam filtering was not enabled, you'd see:

    mx1.dreamhost.com
    mx2.dreamhost.com.

    *mailboxes. (A) 66.33.205.233 — This is used to log into the DreamHost Mailboxes interface.
    *www.mailboxes. (A) 66.33.205.233 — This is used to log into the DreamHost Mailboxes interface.
    *webmail. (A) 69.163.136.138 — This is used to log into the DreamHost webmail panel.
    *www.webmail. (A) 69.163.136.138 — This is used to log into the DreamHost webmail panel.
  3. Enter these records at the company where the domain's nameservers are pointed.

After you make the DNS adjustment, it will then take several hours for the changes to update online due to DNS propagation.

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