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I have setup a web server running on a Win2K server machine.  The web server is located behind a firewall on my internal network.

I have made the necessary adjustments with my ISP for Name resolution.  I have also configured the firewall to allow access.

Remote clients outside the network can access the web server using the full URL.
(Example Only) http://site.domain.com/homepage.htm

My clients located on the internal network are unable to access the web site using the registered URL.

The only way for internal clients to access the web site is by entering the netbios name of the web server in the URL. (Example Only) http://{computer name}/homepage.htm

What can I do that will allow my internal clients sitting behind the firewall to access a web server, sitting on the same subnet as the clients, using the registered URL mentioned above?
(Example Only) http://site.domain.com/homepage.htm

When an internal client attempts to use the above URL that client is unable to access the page.

Please advise.
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by:geoffryn
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You need to use a split DNS.  Your internal 2000 box should be authoratative for your domain and forward all other requests to the internet DNS.  That way internal clients will resolve the name to an internal ip and external clients will still lookup theexternal address.  Your only other option would be HOST files on the individual stations.
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by:franka
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can you ping/resolve the external URL?
If it works, can you try a tracert and compare it with an external client?
Are there some firewall rules that opened port 80 only to the external net?
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