Adding an SPF record for use with Google Apps

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You have just created a Google Apps account and you have made all the changes to your MX records in DNS - everything is looking good - you give it 8 or so hours and you can see mail is flowing into your mailbox, however when you send mail you get bounce backs with strange SPF failure messages. 

The above scenario, thankfully, has a simple fix: add or modify your SPF record. The example below is one that was fixed recently:

"v=spf1 +ip4:221.121.129.2 +a +mx  -all" 

 

To translate this:

v=spf1: SPF version 1

+ip4:221.121.129.2: Allow this IP version 4 address to send mail for this domain

+a: Allow any A record associated with the domain to send mail on behalf of the domain

+mx: Allow any MX records associated with the domain to send mail.

-all: Fail all other IPs trying to send mail for the domain.

 

We need to modify this line to read:

"v=spf1 +ip4:221.121.129.2 +a +mx include:_spf.google.com ~all"

include: _spf.google.com
 

Allows google mail servers to send for your domain.

~all: Soft fail - allow the mail through - but issue a warning.

 

Once this DNS change has propagated - your email will work without an issue.

 

 

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