Getting started

Adopting DMARC involves creating a DMARC record and publishing it, and using the information that is generated to gain insight into the way your domains are handling email.  Dmarcian can assist your organization every step of the way, from deploying DMARC to making sense of the data that it generates. 

How to publish a DMARC record

To start generating DMARC data, you must first publish a DMARC record for each domain you wish to monitor. Dmarcian’s DMARC Record Wizard makes it easy to create a DMARC record.

Once you’ve published DMARC records, DMARC data will typically begin to generate within a day or two.

  • Navigate to your domain’s DNS settings. These are typically located in the product settings of where your domain was registered.
  • Locate the ‘Add a Record’ option in your domain’s settings
  • Set record type to TXT
  • Set host/target to _dmarc (note underscore!)
  • The Value is the DMARC record you would like to publish
    Example DMARC Record
    v=DMARC1; p=none; rua=mailto:dmarc-reports@example.com;
    This tells providers to take no action on email that fails the DMARC check and to send aggregate XML reports to dmarc-reports@example.com

Getting data to dmarcian

There are different ways of getting data processed by dmarcian:

  • Send Data Directly to dmarcian.
    The most convenient option to have data processed is by sending your DMARC reports directly to dmarcian for processing.  Upon creation of your account, you will receive an email address where you can send DMARC reports to be processed.
  • Forward Data to your dmarcian account
    If you already have DMARC reports being generated, or don’t wish to send reports directly to dmarcian, you can forward DMARC reports to the address provided when you register.
  • Upload Data Directly to dmarcian.
    If you already have DMARC XML data, you can upload it using the XML-to-Human Converter.  You will be given a detailed report of your data, but your data history will not be stored unless you are logged in.

Troubleshooting

DMARC Record Issues

Issues in a DMARC record may prevent DMARC data from being reliably generated.  Use the DMARC Inspector to inspect your domain and discover any issues with your DMARC record.
Common record issues include:

  • The v=DMARC1 tag is not optional and is case sensitive. DMARC1 must be in caps!
  • addresses inside rua and ruf tags must be in URI format (i.e. mailto:user@example.com)
  • Your dmarc record must be located at _dmarc.[yourdomain].com
Trouble Delivering DMARC Data to dmarcian

For active sending domains, you will typically begin to see DMARC data within a day or two.
If your domain does not send a significant amount of email, it may take longer for DMARC data to appear.
If you are having trouble generating data in your dmarcian account, try the following resources:

If you are still having trouble getting DMARC data into your account, contact us and let us know about your issue.