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How to Setup ModusCloud with Google APPS

Product: ModusCloud

 

Description:

This article explains how to configure G Suite to use ModusCloud as your mail gateway. 

 

What is G Suite:

G Suite (also known as Google Apps) is a cloud-based solution from Google which offers email, messaging, security, archiving and other capabilities delivered from Google’s worldwide network of cloud data centers. 


Before You Start:

Before continuing with the provisioning and configuration of the modusCloud service, it is recommended that you have the information listed below. 

 

  • MX record(s) for domain(s) you are configuring.
  • ModusCloud IPs, Smarthost and SPF (Getting Started Document at the end of the article).
  • Google Admin account.

 

 

Setup INBOUND Mail Flow:

ModusCloud is deployed between the customer’s G Suite environment and the Internet. Inbound mail is routed to ModusCloud by changing the customer’s MX records. After email is processed by ModusCloud it is routed to G Suite.

 

CONFIGURE MODUSCLOUD: 

Adding domain(s) to ModusCloud: 

   1-  Sign-in to the ModusCloud interface.

   2-  Click the Domains tab.

   3-  Click on New Domain.

   4-  Enter the domain name you wish to configure.

   5-  Ensure "Relay" is selected for domain purpose.

   6-  Enter the delivery and failover destinations value. 

   7-  Choose the method you wish to use for domain verification.

   8-  Click Save. 

   9-  Repeat if you are adding more than 1 domain.

 

CONFIGURE G SUITE:

Configure Inbound Mail Gateway:

   1-  Sign-in to the Google Admin console.

   2-  From the dashboard go to AppsG SuiteGmailAdvanced Settings. 

   3-  While on the General Settings tab, scroll down to the Spam> Inbound> Gateway.

   4-  Hover the cursor to the right of Inbound gateway. To create a new inbound gateway setting, click Configure. 

   5-  Under Gateway IPs, enter the IP addresses listed on our (Getting Started Document at the end of the article).

   6-  Check the option Automatically detect external IP. 

   7-  Check the option Reject all mail not coming from gateway IPs.

   8-  Check the option Require TLS for connection from the email gateways listed above. 

   9-  Click Add Settings. 

 

 

Setup OUTBOUND Mail Flow:

ModusCloud is deployed between the customer’s G Suite environment and the Internet. Outbound mail is routed to ModusCloud by configuring an outbound mail gateway. This will route all outbound mail to ModusCloud.

 

CONFIGURE MODUSCLOUD: 

Enable Outbound Relaying:

   1-  Sign-in to the ModusCloud interface.

   2-  Click the Features tab.

   3-  Check Enable Outbound Relaying.

   4-  Click Save. 


Add Service IP addresses to your Inbound Gateway:

   1-  While logged into ModusCloud interface, click the Domains tab.

   2-  Click Managed Hosted Services.

   3-  Choose Google APPS.

   4-  Click Save. 


CONFIGURE G SUITE:

Configure Outbound Mail Gateway: 

   1-  Sign-in to the Google Admin console.

   2-  From the dashboard go to Apps> G Suite> Gmail> Advanced Settings.

   3-  While on the General Settings tab, scroll down to the Routing> Outbound Gateway.

   4-  In the Outbound Gateway text field, enter the ModusCloud Smarthost value from the (Getting Started Document at the end of the article).

   5-  Click Save.


Update Sender Policy Framework (SPF):

When sending outbound email through the ModusCloud gateway, recipients receive mail sent from ModusCloud rather than G Suite mail servers. If the recipient's mail service attempts to verify that the message came from your domain, it must confirm that the gateway server is an authorized mail server for your domain.

To enable this, you need to add the ModusCloud SPF record to your domain. View this information in our (Getting Started Document at the end of the article).

 

CONFIGURE MX record change:

Locate your MX record for the domain in G Suite:

   1-  Sign-in to the Google Admin Console.

   2-  From the dashboard go to Apps> G Suite> Gmail> Advanced Settings. 

   3-  While on the General Settings tab, scroll down to Setup> MX Records and make note of all the "Points to" value. 

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Modified 12/6/2018
Keywords: google apps setup G suite
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