Creating MX records for Rackspace Email & Apps

You have now worked your way through the signup process and should have access to your account, and the ability to create mailboxes as needed.

Once you've created mailboxes for your domain, the last step is to setup the Mail Exchange (MX) records to route incoming email to your new Rackspace Email accounts.

For further help with account setup prior to this step, please refer to Rackspace Email & Apps official documentation.

Rackspace Email & Apps - Initial Signup Process

Email is a vital part of any online business. However, a mail server can be one of the most challenging and frustrating aspects to configure.

We are pleased to announce that we have simplified the process by introducing Rackspace Email and Apps for Slicehost customers.

This article will walk you through the basic steps of the signup process to ensure that adding email to your slice is as smooth as possible.

SliceManager API Documentation

The SliceManager API allows for the easy and convenient manipulation of your Slicehost account.

ebook - Slicehost account creation and login

When you create a Slicehost account your Slice is built straight away and you can log into the SliceManager using various methods.

Download the ebook to see how easy and flexible the account creation and login process is.

ebook - Slice administration

The SliceManager allows for detailed and powerful management of your Slice(s).

Learn how to clone, resize, rebuild and rename a Slice. Use the online console to access your Slice, enter rescue mode, reset the root password, diagnose your Slice and much more.

ebook - DNS administration

The SliceManager DNS panel allows for powerful management of your domains' DNS records with the easy to use interface.

Learn how to add DNS zones and configure individual A, CNAME and MX records along with much more.

ebook - Slicehost account management

Once your Slicehost account has been created, there are plenty of options available to you in managing the account.

You can add separate email address for login, backup, invoices. Add more users to the account, enable API access, view old invoices and much more.

Linux Distribution Comparison

At Slicehost we offer a variety of Linux distributions and, although you are free to reinstall with a different distribution at any time, it can be a little confusing.

Let's have a look at the basics of each distribution.

Slice Management

Managing your Slices is done via the SliceManager (could have guessed by the name I suppose).

This article will take you through the basic features available when administering your Slice(s).

How to reset a Slice root password

Although we should never log in as the root user, there is the odd occasion when this might be necessary.

That's all well and good, but what happens if you have lost the root password and you just can't login without it? Well, the SliceManager has a handy 'Reset Root Password' feature for just such eventualities.

Creating MX records for Google Apps

A common way of handling email for your domain is to use Google Apps.

However, there can be some confusion in setting up the Mail Exchange (MX) records. Let's go through the procedure now.

Create a Mail Exchange (MX) record

Most people use email with their domains. To use email, we need a Mail Exchange (MX) record so any domain email is sent to the right place (whether that is a mail server on the slice or an external mail provider).

Let's set that up now.

Creating a Reverse DNS record

When you enter a domain name into your browser, the DNS system will find the IP address of the server the domain is associated with.

A reverse DNS lookup does the opposite. It establishes what domain is associated with the IP address. This is a useful setting to configure for anyone but essential for those running a mail server for example.

Creating DNS records

Creating DNS records for your domain is easy to do within the Slicehost Management Panel.

In this article we will look at creating a DNS zone for your domain and adding basic A and NS records using the SliceManager interface.