I have a webserver running on an EC2. On that EC2 I'm receiving email.

I've created a load balancer (ELB) directing traffic to EC2

In route 53:

  • UPDATED A record for example.com to point to ELB
  • UPDATED CNAME record for @.example.com to point to ELB

I kept the following records:

  • MX record: *.example.com to point to 10 mail.domain.com
  • CNAME record: mail.example.com points to EC2

In this setup the load balancer is working, directing traffic to EC2.

However, if I send an email to [email protected] it doesn't reach EC2.

I'm pretty sure, I can set it up with a subdomain pointing to the loadbalancer, but I would prefer to have my main domain main point to the loadbalancer.

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MX record: *.example.com matches everything but the naked (no subdomain) domain. So no MX for example.com. Aparently a friendly MTA will try the A record, which used to work for me, since it pointed to the EC2 handling my email.

Long story short. Removed the *. from the MX record and it worked.

I hope this will save someone a couple of hours of trying stuff...

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    Kudos for solving it yourself... but note that you have a second misconfiguration that also works, by accident. The target of an MX record is not technically allowed to be a CNAME. MX 10 foo.example.com. requires that foo.example.com. is NOT a CNAME, but an actual A record with the IP address of the host that accepts the mail. See RFC-2181 Section 10.3. Mar 8, 2017 at 2:36
  • Thanks for pointing that out Michael! Will fix that too!
    – Ingcur
    Mar 8, 2017 at 2:47

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