What is the purpose of DNS records for Google Workspace in Plesk and how do they ensure correct email delivery?
To put it simply, if you are using a program a.i. control panel called Plesk to manage your website or email, you need to tell it where your email should go. This is done by creating something called a DNS record, which is like a phonebook that tells other computers where to find your email.
In this case, you want to create DNS records that will allow you to use Google Workspace (formerly known as G Suite) to manage your email. This will involve adding specific information to the DNS settings in Plesk to ensure that email sent to your domain (like example.com) gets directed to Google’s servers.
Overall, setting up DNS records for Google Workspace in Plesk is just a technical task that ensures your email is sent to the right place.
Setup DNS records in Plesk
In this article we will cover how to setup DNS records for Google Workspace in Plesk, we will also cover how to disable local mail handling.
- Google Workspace account
- Plesk account
Step 1: Log in to your Plesk account and select the domain.
First thing to do is navigate to Websites & Domains, Go to the DNS Settings tab in the domain’s control panel and from there you will see a blue box that says + add records.
Step 2: Add the MX records
First things first, we will need to add the 5 Google Workspace MX records. Click the Add Record button and select MX as the record type.
See the following table and add each record with the correct details:
|Name/Host/Alias||Time to Live (TTL*)||Record Type||Priority||Value/Answer/Destination|
|Blank or @||3600||MX||1||ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM|
|Blank or @||3600||MX||5||ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM|
|Blank or @||3600||MX||5||ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM|
|Blank or @||3600||MX||10||ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM|
|Blank or @||3600||MX||10||ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM|
Once done you can click OK and move to the next step.
Step 3: Add the CNAME record
Once all the MX records are added, you need to add the CNAME record to verify your domain ownership with Google Workspace. Click the Add Record button and select CNAME as the record type.
Enter the following information in the corresponding fields:
- Name: Enter google
- Type: Select CNAME from the drop-down list.
- Value: Enter the unique Google Workspace verification code provided by Google Workspace. The code should be in the format of “googleXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX” (without quotes).
Once done you can click OK
Step 4: Save and update the changes
Save the changes by clicking the Update button at the bottom of the page. This may take a bit before the settings are set in place
Congratulations! You have successfully set up the DNS records for Google Workspace in Plesk. It may take some time for the changes to take effect, so be patient. Once the DNS propagation is complete, you should be able to start using Google Workspace services with your domain.
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