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How to Set Up SPF for IBM SmartCloud Notes


SPF is designed to detect forging sender addresses during the delivery of the email. SPF allows the receiving mail server to check during mail delivery that mail claiming to come from a specific domain is submitted by an IP address authorized by that domain's administrators. The list of authorized sending hosts and IP addresses is published in the DNS records for that domain.

Creating an SPF Record for IBM SmartCloud Notes

Here are the steps to set up SPF for IBM SmartCloud Notes :

  • Login to your DNS management consol
  • Navigate to Tools & Settings > DNS Template
  • You need to edit the DNS TXT record related to SPF
  • IBM SmartCloud Notes has different mechanisms for certain areas. You can use the mechanism according to your location

For North America:    TXT   v=spf1

For Asia Pacific:    TXT   v=spf1

For Europe:    TXT   v=spf1

  • Publish this record in your DNS records section for your respective domain.

Note: If you don’t have an SPF record previously for your domain, simply publish the above-mentioned record to enable SPF for outgoing emails using IBM SmartCloud Notes. If you do have an existing SPF record in your DNS, you need to modify it to include IBM SmartCloud Notes, as shown below:

Previous SPF record:  v=spf1 mx -all

Modified SPF record:  v=spf1 mx -all

  • Save changes
  • Wait for 72 hours to allow your DNS to process the changes

Finally, you can look up your record using our SPF record lookup tool, and enable DMARC for your domains: take a DMARC trial.

PowerDMARC is the author of this solution article.

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