Win 2K Server DNS: Forcing domain name to specific IP address

I can use my Hosts file to override DNS and point a specific name / domain to an IP address, but I want to make this change for everyone at this company. Since our primary domain controller (Windows 2000 Server) is running DNS services, I figured I could probably use that, but I'm not sure of the exact procedure for doing this. If anyone can help me out, I'd appreciate it.

- Jonathan
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adamdrayerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You can create a new primary zone for whatever domains you want to redirect.

1. Right-click "forward lookup zones" and click "create new zone"
2. Make it a primary.  Then call it
3. Make a record for www
Start -> Programs -> Administrative Tools -> DNS

Open the Server, then open "Forward Lookup Zones", then right-click the domain name and select "New Host"

Then type in the computer name and IP address.  Click the checkbox if you would like a reverse DNS entry associated with this.  (recommended)
gr8gonzoConsultantAuthor Commented:
That's for a computer that's on my network with a computer name.

Basically, what I want to do is force all computers on our network to go to when they try to go to

I can do this in my HOSTS file by adding these lines:

However, I want the same effect to apply to all computer on my network by using DNS on Windows 2000 server.

- Jonathan
gr8gonzoConsultantAuthor Commented:
Okay, I've created a new forward lookup zone, but I'm not clear on making a new record. I'm used to using BIND on Linux systems, so this is a bit different as far as some wording and interfaces go. Here's what my Forward lookup zones look like after creating the new domain's forward lookup zone

[-]          Active Directory-integrated
     [+] _msdcs
     [+] _sites
     [+] _tcp
     [+] _udp

[-]                              Standard Primary

(You can correctly assume that I was using just for an example of what I was trying to do.) Essentially, we just updated our company web site, and there are now two versions - one for the public and one for employees. Each has its own IP address, so I want the employees to be able to go to our web site but be directed to the IP address that has the "internal" version of our web site.

I don't know why the "headquarters" folder was automatically added to the zone - this worries me a bit. I don't like extra things being created without me creating them.

Anyway, I right-clicked on the main folder, clicked on New Host, and used "www" as the name (without the quotes), and put in the new IP address. This seems to have worked - my computer now correctly redirects to the new web site. However, I also want (without the www. prefix) to redirect to that new IP. How can I do this? (Added 25 points)

- Jonathan
gr8gonzoConsultantAuthor Commented:
Nevermind - I created a new host in the same way without using a "name" and after it prompted me that it might not be a valid name, I said OK anyway, and a few minutes later, my workstation was resolving correctly. Thanks!

- Jonathan
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