Create DNS records at NearlyFreeSpeech.net for Office 365

If NearlyFreeSpeech.net is your DNS hosting provider, follow the steps in this article to verify your domain and set up DNS records for email, Lync, and so on.

These are the main records to add.

After you add these records at NearlyFreeSpeech.net, your domain will be set up to work with Office 365 services.

If you have a SharePoint Online Public Website, you can set it up to use your custom domain for the website URL address, like www.your_domain.com.

Note    Typically it takes about 15 minutes for DNS changes to take effect. However, it can occasionally take longer for a change you've made to update across the Internet's DNS system. If you’re having trouble with mail flow or other issues after adding DNS records, see Troubleshoot issues after changing your domain name or DNS records.

Add a TXT record for verification

Before you use your domain with Office 365, we have to make sure that you own it. Your ability to login to your account at your domain registrar and create the DNS record proves to Office 365 that you own the domain.

Note    This record is used only to verify that you own your domain; it doesn’t affect anything else. You can delete it later, if you like.

  1. To get started, go to your domains page at NearlyFreeSpeech.net by using this link. You'll be prompted to log in first.

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  2. In the Domains section, find the name of the domain that you want to edit and then, in the DNS column, choose Manage.

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  3. On the DNS page, in the Actions area, choose Add a DNS Resource Record.

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  4. In the boxes for the new record, type or copy and paste the following values, and then choose Add record.

    (Select the Type value from the drop-down list.)

    Name

    Type

    Data

    TTL

    @

    TXT

    MS=msXXXXXXXX.

    This value MUST end with a period (.).

    Note   This is an example. Use your specific Destination or Points to Address value here, from the table in Office 365.
    How do I find this?

    3600

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  5. Choose Click here to continue... to return to the DNS page.

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  6. Wait a few minutes before you continue, so that the record you just created can update across the Internet.

Now that you've added the record at your domain registrar's site, you'll go back to Office 365 and request Office 365 to look for the record.

When Office 365 finds the correct TXT record, your domain is verified.

  1. Go to the Manage domains page.

  2. On the Manage domains page, in the Action column for the domain you are verifying, choose Start setup.

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  3. On the Add this TXT record to show you own domain_name page, choose Okay, I've added the record and then, in the confirmation dialog box, choose Finish.

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Add an MX record so email for your domain will come to Office 365

  1. To get started, go to your domains page at NearlyFreeSpeech.net by using this link. You'll be prompted to log in first.

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  2. In the Domains section, find the name of the domain that you want to edit and then, in the DNS column, choose Manage.

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  3. On the DNS page, in the Actions area, choose Add a DNS Resource Record.

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  4. In the boxes for the new record, type or paste the following values, and then choose Add Record.

    (Select the Type value from the drop-down list.)

    Name

    Type

    Data

    TTL

    (Leave this box empty.)

    MX

    <domain-key>.mail.protection.outlook.com.

    This value MUST end with a period (.).

    Note   Get your <domain-key> from your Office 365 portal account.
    How do I find this?

    3600

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  5. Choose Click here to continue… to return to the DNS page.

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  6. If there are any other MX records, delete them by choosing Remove in the X column for each one.

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  7. Choose Click here to continue… to return to the DNS page.

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Add the four CNAME records that are required for Office 365

  1. To get started, go to your domains page at NearlyFreeSpeech.net by using this link. You'll be prompted to log in first.

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  2. In the Domains section, find the name of the domain that you want to edit and then, in the DNS column, choose Manage.

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  3. On the DNS page, in the Actions area, choose Add a DNS Resource Record.

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  4. Add the first of the four CNAME records:

    In the boxes for the new record, type or copy and paste the values from the first row of the following table, and then choose Add Record.

    (Select the Type value from the drop-down list.)

    Name

    Type

    Data

    TTL

    autodiscover

    CNAME

    autodiscover.outlook.com.

    This value MUST end with a period (.).

    3600

    sip

    CNAME

    sipdir.online.lync.com.

    This value MUST end with a period (.).

    3600

    lyncdiscover

    CNAME

    webdir.online.lync.com.

    This value MUST end with a period (.).

    3600

    msoid

    CNAME

    clientconfig.microsoftonline-p.net.

    This value MUST end with a period (.).

    3600

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  5. Choose Click here to continue… to return to the DNS page.

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  6. To add each of the other three CNAME records, choose Add a DNS Resource Record again, create a record using the values from the next row in the table, and then again choose Add Record to complete that record and Click here to continue… to return to the DNS page.

    Repeat this process until you have created all four CNAME records.

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Add a TXT record to help prevent email spam

  1. To get started, go to your domains page at NearlyFreeSpeech.net by using this link. You'll be prompted to log in first.

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  2. In the Domains section, find the name of the domain that you want to edit and then, in the DNS column, choose Manage.

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  3. On the DNS page, in the Actions area, choose Add a DNS Resource Record.

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  4. In the boxes for the new record, type or copy and paste the following values, and then choose Add Record.

    (Select the Type value from the drop-down list.)

    Name

    Type

    Text

    TTL

    @

    TXT

    v=spf1 include:spf.protection.outlook.com -all.

    This value MUST end with a period (.).

    Note   We recommend copying and pasting this entry, so that all of the spacing stays correct.

    3600

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  5. Choose Click here to continue… to return to the DNS page.

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Add the two SRV records that are required for Office 365

  1. To get started, go to your domains page at NearlyFreeSpeech.net by using this link. You'll be prompted to log in first.

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  2. In the Domains section, find the name of the domain that you want to edit and then, in the DNS column, choose Manage.

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  3. On the DNS page, in the Actions area, choose Add a DNS Resource Record.

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  4. Add the first of the two SRV records:

    In the boxes for the new record, type or copy and paste the values from the first row of the following table, and then choose Add Record.

    (Choose the Type value from the drop-down list.)

    Name

    Type

    Data

    TTL

    _sip._tls

    SRV

    100 1 443 sipdir.online.lync.com.

    This value MUST end with a period (.).

    Note   We recommend copying and pasting this entry, so that all of the spacing stays correct.

    3600

    _sipfederationtls._tcp

    SRV

    100 1 5061 sipfed.online.lync.com.

    This value MUST end with a period (.).

    Note   We recommend copying and pasting this entry, so that all of the spacing stays correct.

    3600

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  5. Choose Click here to continue… to return to the DNS page.

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  6. To add the other SRV record, choose Add a DNS Resource Record again, create a record using the values from the second row in the table, and then again choose Add Record to complete that record and Click here to continue… to return to the DNS page.

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Applies To: Office 365 Admin, Office 365 Small Business Admin



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