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[CPANEL-33207] Transfer tool ignores external MX records and remote domains when using DNS templates

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  • 4u123
    I performed another server move last night and it seems the logic of the MX checking has changed dramatically since we last performed any mass server transfers. We have clients who have correctly set their mail routing to remote and are using MX records at google or outlook.com for example - yet when these accounts are transferred to a new server, in every case, they are overridden. In some cases the MX records are being completely removed - and in all cases, the MX record from the zone template is added. Surely, if a domain is set to remote and has no other MX records than remote ones - i.e the MX's don't point to the local domain or IP - it is clear that they should be left well alone. I'm sure in the past, if the domain was remote and the MX resolved outside the server, they were ignored. At least thats what I'm looking to acheive here. I really need to find a way around this. I've looked at the transfer tool documentation. It says.... [QUOTE] The system checks whether the template-generated zone file uses an MX preference of 0, and then performs the following actions: If the zone file"s MX preference is 0 and the zone file is $PRIMARY_DOMAIN or mail.$PRIMARY_DOMAIN, the system does not merge in the generated templates and does not update the MX preference from the remote server. If the zone file"s MX preference is 0 and the zone file is not $PRIMARY_DOMAIN or mail.$PRIMARY_DOMAIN (a non-standard mail configuration), the system merges the generated templates and comments out templates from the remote server. For example, when the zone template"s MX record defines an external mail service, the system prefers that entry over the record in the backup.
    I'm struggling to make sense of the above. Why is it comparing zone templates of the two servers? That has no bearing on the existing zone file. In our case the zone templates are identical - but MX records can be modified and created long after the account is setup via the zone templates. The process is correctly changing the IP of the mx.domain record and where the mx is local, it is leaving it alone. Great - but for EVERY remote MX. the process is either deleting all the MX records or it is leaving them but adding the one from the zone template. It seems if the MX is set to a priority of 0 - it is deleted! But surely if it is not local to the server AND the domain is set to remote mail routing, it should be ignored? All we want to do is preserve the remote MX records - why isn't the transfer process doing this? There should be much more control over this behaviour. We've been forced to check /etc/remotedomains for any remote MX's after the transfer has completed - and then because the transfer process deleted them, we have to search the old DNS zones on the previous server to find what MX records were in place and copy paste the MX records out of the old server and into the zone editor on the new server. We had to do this 27 times for this account transfer. Not ideal! I'd appreciate any insights.
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  • cPanelLauren
    Hi @4u123 This doesn't sound like the intended behavior, but I discussed this with one of our L3 analysts and we believe this needs a ticket, not only to replicate but to identify the issue occurring as well. Could you please open a ticket then provide me with the ticket ID so I can follow up with it?
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  • 4u123
    Thanks Lauren, ticket no 93502500
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  • cPanelLauren
    Hi @4u123 I'm glad you opened the ticket as it does appear to have resulted in a case being opened CPANEL-33207. I'll update here with information on the case as soon as there is an update
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  • cPanelLauren
    Hello, This is just an update to let you know that this issue is marked as resolved in v90 of cPanel & WHM and can be referenced in our changelogs here: 90 Change Log | cPanel & WHM Documentation
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  • 4u123
    Thanks Lauren, I wonder if you could find out the exact logic that has been introduced for me? I'm not sure the description provides an adequate explanation of what has now changed.
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  • cPanelLauren
    The notes in the case state the following [QUOTE] Prefer transferred MX records if local template uses a subdomain Case CPANEL-33207: We were preferring the transferred MX records only when the local dns template used "domain.com" or "mail.domain.com". Change to prefer the transferred MX record if the local template uses "domain.com" or any subdomain of "domain.com". This will work in the case where the local template uses "mx.domain.com". Changelog: When transferring an account, prefer transferred MX records if the local DNS template uses "domain.com" or any subdomain of "domain.com". Whostmgr/Transfers/Systems/ZoneFile.pm| 4 ++-- 1 file changed, 2 insertions, 2 deletions
    If that's not enough information though I can contact the team that made the changes and see what information they can provide.
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