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OnDMARC’s Recommended Configuration Process

What is OnDMARC's recommended configuration process on the DMARC journey to p=reject

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Written by Faisal Misle
Updated over a week ago

Top Level Domains

  • Start with DMARC policy of p=none;

  • Look at the Reports / Senders / Unknown tab daily and classify senders

  • Focus on your TOP 5 to 10 valid senders. Sort by email volume and see who the top senders are to help your decision making

  • Speak to your teams internally to find out for certain that sending sources are valid or invalid

  • Follow Configuration actions for all of your Assets (found in the Actions tab) to set up SPF and DKIM

  • Populate the Email Sources menu for each Asset so it can be properly monitored.

  • Mark other sources as threats if you are confident they are not valid

  • Once all valid senders are identified, monitor the traffic and change the DMARC policy to p=quarantine.

  • Continue to monitor and if everything is properly configured then change your policy straight to p=reject or to p=quarantine first if you would like to slowly ramp up the policy.

Parked Domains

  • Set SPF record to: v=spf1 -all

  • Set DMARC record to: v=DMARC1; p=reject;


  • The policy of the top level domain will be applied to all subdomains of the top level domain by default unless you set a subdomain policy (sp=) or create an individual DMARC record for subdomains

Third-Party Sending Services

  • Reach out to all of them and request for SPF and DKIM records to be generated and provided to you

  • If a service does not support DKIM then ask them to relay their emails via your own SMTP/Gateway device that will do the DKIM signing

If you are unsure speak to OnDMARC for the best approach to quarantine or reject policy by clicking the button below

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