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No local site access. Network Domain the Same name as Company Website.

Posted on 2006-05-10
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Last Modified: 2010-03-19
I was put in charge to take over a company's network and I've found that the current network which runs off windows 2003 is using Domain example.com, the company has just purchase a the domain and hosts  a site on a outside host. Problem now is that the LAN network can not obviously access example.com web page as its point to the local server which is using the same domain.  Is there a way I can setup the server to forward all HTTP traffic to the correct WAN destination?

I've also setup smoothwall as Proxy Server however the server running DNS prevent the request to even get to the proxy I THINK and point to the local server.
Question by:bashyywash
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by:Leon Fester
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In your local DNS server, create an A record for www and point it to the external IP address of the website.
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by:Leon Fester
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User will then be able to access the site using www.example.com.

Alternatively, create the A record external and point it to the external website IP.

users will access the site via external.example.com. Bearing in mind this will only work internally, as the DNS is not configured at any upstream providers.

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ID: 16648789
I'm fairly a beginner to DNS and Server OS. Under Forward lookup zones I have several options where I can create the A record!!! If you someone could walk me through this... thanks.
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Leon Fester earned 500 total points
ID: 16648851
It's pretty straightforward :)

In the DNS management console.
Locate the Forward lookup zone for example.com
Right-click it and select "New Host (A)"
In the Name field enter www
In the IP Address field enter the IP address of your external website.
Click "Add Host"
and you're done.

Try accessing the site www.example.com
You may have to run ipconfig /flushdns just to clear your cached information if it doens't work first time.

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