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Can I have a numeric internal URL?

Posted on 2005-04-19
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Last Modified: 2010-03-18
We have an Intranet. Its URL is http://intranet and via DNS it points to the web server where it starts the default web site.

For emergencies we'd like to have an intranet addess called "911". The idea was to make a DNS entry that points to the right server running this special intra net. But, DNS does not accept numeric host names.

How should I circumvent this? How can I set things up so that when I enter as URL "911" in my Internet Explorer, I will be redirected to this specific web or page on that web?

Question by:shvanwijlen
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http://www.911.com/ works??

on the DNS server open the DNS console, navigate to DNS > DNS servername > yourdomainname

right click your domain name > new > host(A) Record

in the top box put 911 in the botton box put the IP address of your web server
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You might need to create a host header on your web server if  http://intranet and http://911 are DIFFERENT!!

Host Headers & IIS

To host more than one namespace on an IIS server you need to use a combination of DNS and Host Headers.

For example http://ntranet is your corporate website and you want to put http://911 then you either have to build another IIS server and point “911” to its IP address which can prove to be a bit expensive :) OR use Host Headers.

Using the above example this is how to make http://reports point to the right location on your IIS server.

1.      Go to your DNS Server.
2.      Go to Administrative tools  > DNS (or run mmc and add the DNS snap in)
3.      Drill down to Your_Servername > Forward Lookup Zones > Your_Domainname and right click it.
4.      Select “New Alias (CNAME)…..”
5.      In alias name type in 911.
6.      Click Browse and browse to your IIS Server and click OK.
7.      Now go to the IIS Server.
8.      Go to Administrative tools > Internet Information Server (or run mmc and add the IIS snap in).
9.      Drill down to the website you want to load for http://911
10.      Right click it > Properties.
11.      The Default tab is “Web Site” the top section is “Web Site Identification”.
12.      Press the “Advanced” button.
13.      Select the default entry at the top (usually it’s the IP address, then click Edit.
14.      In the section that says “Host Header Name” type in 911 > OK > OK.
15.      Go to the “Documents” tab > Click “Add”.
16.      Select the document you want to appear when http://911 is typed in e.g. thispage.htm click OK > Move it to the top of the list > OK.
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>>example this is how to make http://reports point to the right location

damn I knoew Id miss one LOL - should read

example this is how to make http://911 point to the right location
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Your first suggestion works - I reroute this page via a 2nd server.
But your 2nd post sounds even better. But in step 6 I only see our (NT-lingo) domain server - how do I add the IIS server to that list? Should we make on that IIS server changes so that it appears in this DNS list? I don't know how to do that.

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Your IIS server should be listed automatically if is in the same domain???
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