Mar 13, 2018

G Suite and domain verification

The following instructions are made for those who do not have DNS hosting for their domain and want to use ISNIC’s Email Forwarding service to connect to G Suite in accordance to Google’s help page.

G SUITE

Log in on isnic.is, select your domain and click web forwarding. Then select Google from the Email Forwarding drop-down menu. You will also need to enter any valid URL or IP address in the top field, that could be another domain you already own.

DOMAIN VERIFICATION (TXT)

You can use the TXT method through ISNIC’s forwarding service to accomplish this. We assume you are still on the Web Forwarding page from the instructions above, and have selected Google from the list.

Go to Google’s help page (Add a TXT verification record (any domain host)) about domain verification and find your unique TXT record. Note that the code includes “google-site-verification=” and then is followed by 43 random characters, see an example:

google-site-verification=wwifazIdB2QmF20KYwfPQfrD2RJkEiK9us5xobBk8i0

Copy the entire text into the TXT record field on the web forwarding page. You should not enter any MX records as the appropriate MX records will automatically be created. You can run Google's verification test now, but take note that it may take up to a day for Google to see the changes to the domain. After the domain has been verified you can remove the TXT record from the web forwarding page.

DOMAIN VERIFICATION (MX)

If GSuite gives you an MX record for domain verification you will need to select Google from the Email Forwarding drop-down menu and enter the MX record. Do not enter more MX records, only that one MX record with your verification code. The other MX records will be automatically added. See example of an MX record with verification code:

45pspg4ki3tncvwawn51zvl3qj8nwfqkrmpndeb3153afw7xsspq.mx-verification.google.com.

Changing domain verification to TXT method

This part of the instructions is for those that chose the MX method and need to change it to TXT in order to follow the instructions above. It is impossible to use the MX method for domain verification using ISNIC's forwarding service.

To change domain verification method you need to go to Google Admin Console and click Apps. From there you can get a new domain verification method by clicking verify in the red ribbon on the upper part of the page. You follow the steps until you reach a page with selection between Recommended method and Alternate methods. When the recommended method is selected a drop down menu with the text Select your domain registrar or provider appears. There you choose other and copy the TXT record into ISNIC's Forwarding as described in the instructions above. GSuite might wrongfully suggest the MX records are missing. In that case you can send an email from your new email address and receive a response.

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