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How to configure a domain to work with Google Apps using Remote MX Wizard

This article describes how to configure your domain to work with a Google Apps account. You can do this quickly and easily by using the Remote MX Wizard in cPanel.

About Google Apps

Google Apps is a service that enables you to run web applications using your own domain name. Google Apps includes web applications to work with e-mail, documents, contacts, calendars and more in a convenient and centralized web-based environment.

Setting up Google Apps for a domain

To use Google Apps with your domain, you must first sign up for an account, and then run the Remote MX Wizard in cPanel.

Sign up for a Google Apps account

To use Google Apps with your domain, you must sign up for a Google Apps account. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Visit https://www.google.com/a/cpanel/domain/new and follow the instructions to create a new Google Apps account.
    When you create the Google Apps account, make sure you specify the correct domain for your A2 Hosting account.
  2. After you sign up for an account, you receive an e-mail with instructions about how to complete Google Apps account setup. Click the link in the e-mail to access the Google Apps admin console.
  3. From the Google Apps admin console, click Start Setup, and then click Verify Domain.
    You cannot activate any Google Apps services for your domain until you complete verification.
  4. Click Begin Verification, and then select a verification method:

    cPanel - Google Apps - Verify domain methods

  5. Complete the required steps for the verification method you selected, and then click Verify. When verification succeeds, you see a message similar to the following:

    cPanel - Google Apps - Verify domain successful

  6. Click Continue. You are now ready to run the Remote MX Wizard in cPanel.
Set up the domain with Google Apps

The Remote MX Wizard in cPanel enables you to quickly and easily configure your domain to work with Google Apps.

The Remote MX Wizard configures your domain's DNS mail exchanger (MX) records  to use Google's mail servers. After this occurs, you cannot use cPanel to manage your domain's e-mail accounts. Instead, you must manage the domain's e-mail accounts through Google Apps.

To run the Remote MX Wizard, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the cPanel account for the domain.
  2. In the Mail section of the cPanel home screen, click Remote MX Wizard:

    cPanel - Mail features - Remote MX Wizard icon

  3. On the Step 1 of 3 page, in the Select Domain list box, select your domain:

    cPanel - Mail features - Remote MX Wizard - Step 1

  4. On the Step 2 of 3 page, under Additional Services, select the check boxes for the Google Apps services that you want to configure for the domain:

    cPanel - Mail features - Remote MX Wizard - Step 2

  5. Click Continue & Configure the domain with Google Apps.
  6. Click OK to confirm. The Remote MX Wizard configures the domain to use Google Apps.

Removing a domain from Google Apps

If you have previously configured a domain to work with Google Apps, you can use the Remote MX Wizard to remove it.

The Remote MX Wizard configures your domain's mail settings by modifying the DNS mail exchanger (MX) records. After this occurs, your e-mail is no longer managed by Google's mail servers. Instead, you must use cPanel to manage your domain's e-mail accounts.

To remove a domain from Google Apps by using the Remote MX Wizard:

  1. Log in to the cPanel account for the domain.
  2. In the Mail section of the cPanel home screen, click Google Apps Wizard:

    cPanel - Mail features - Remote MX Wizard icon

  3. On the Step 1 of 3 page, in the Select Domain list box, select the domain you want to remove from Google Apps.
  4. On the Step 2 of 3 page, click Continue & Remove the domain from Google Apps.
  5. Click OK to confirm. The Remote MX Wizard removes the domain from Google Apps.

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