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    Mike Mike's Avatar
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    Rosarito, Mexico

    Default Combining SPF records for domain

    I have a domain name that I send all my emails through, however I received a bounce message last week telling me my email was blocked (sending to a NZ .govt email) by the receiving mail server due to invalid SPF records on my domain.

    I did a bit of digging and discovered that a) my domain somehow has 2 SPF records and b) this can render the SPF invalid as mail servers will tend to ignore BOTH

    So I think I understand how to combine them, but what I don't understand is how to use the "all" at the end. One of the records has "~all" (a soft fail) and one has "-all" (a fail). If I combine them, which should I use? Or should I be using "+all" instead?

    My current SPF records:

    v=spf1 +a +mx +ip4:<ip address 1> +ip4:<ip address 2> -all
    v=spf1 ~all
    I'd appreciate any help on this

    what are you doing looking in here?

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    Enterprise IT Consultant chiefnz's Avatar
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    Sydney AU

    Default Re: Combining SPF records for domain

    I suggest you find out what the preferred settings are from your mail provider to determine if you should use ~all or -all

    ~all is less restrictive than -all

    For -all if the domain doesn't match it will block the email and for ~all it will likely let it in but you may find it in the Spam folder.

    You could try using ?all - this is kind of a "neutral" outcome and "should" allow anything other than obvious spam through.

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