TIP: GMail MX CNAME early adopters


I started using Google Apps with DreamHost as soon as it was announced. I’ve not been able to use mail.sayspin.com (sayspin = my site) but I think I’ve just fixed the problem.

I think DH initially had a bug where the Google Apps DNS records were missing the CNAME for “mail.sayspin.com” – it had an MX for that but not a CNAME. I would visit mail.sayspin.com and get an error page.

I un-setup GMail for my site, then re-setup it.

Is it correct to have both a CNAME and a MX record named the same, “mail” in this case?


Record (sayspin.com zone) Type Value
MX 0 aspmx.l.google.com.
calendar CNAME ghs.google.com.
docs CNAME ghs.google.com.
mail MX 0 aspmx.l.google.com.
mail CNAME ghs.google.com.

Mac:~ xxx$ host mail.sayspin.com
mail.sayspin.com is an alias for ghs.google.com.
ghs.google.com is an alias for ghs.l.google.com.
ghs.l.google.com has address



I think I switched about a half dozen over to GMail when it was first offered and one of them didn’t “take”. I blamed Murphy and promptly fogot all about it.

Thanks for posting this, you’ve reminded me to go and fix it! :slight_smile:

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