How do I get a URL into my domain DNS ?

Posted on 2006-10-27
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
I am trying to configure a URL into my 2003 DNS.

I have the URL registered publicly but, because of the network configuration, some of the servers won't be able to access it on the public IP.

So, I need to point the URL, let's say, to a local IP address within DNS.

My question is, how would I raise the record so that it points at ? If I try to raise that it just seems to setup a new zone in DNS with .com at the top and .url and .test as subfolders and doesn't have an A record that returns the local IP address. How do I get to return the local IP ?

I know I can just add this entry into hosts on each server, which is what I've done for now to get it working, but I'd prefer to do this in DNS to maintain centralised control.

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Add a CNAME record to the AD Forward Zone.
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let's look at this a bit. in DNS is actually a host that resides in a subdomain of a domain.

Test - This is the hostname
URL - This is a subdomain of com
com - this is a domain

So in order to have this work you would need to have the forward lookup zone "" to exist then create a host record named Test.  This will give you the correct record.
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sorry mcsween, but that is not correct.  Since MS does NOT support single label domain names the domain would be so the FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) for any host in the domain would be  "com" is NOT the domain name.

like Netman said, all you need to do is go int your forward lookup zone for and create an A record named 'test' that points to the local IP of the server you are trying to get to.  Thats it.

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That's exactly what I quoted from my post...
""So in order to have this work you would need to have the forward lookup zone "" to exist then create a host record named Test.  This will give you the correct record.""

And yes MS does NOT support single label domain names but .com is in fact a domain in the DNS world.

What I was trying to get across is if his AD domain isn't called "" then he has to create a forward lookup zone for that.
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run the 'set' command from a command prompt on a host that is in a domain and look for the 'userdnsdoman' line.  You will see that it will list as the DOMAIN, not 'com' as the domain.

also, can you register 'com' as a domain name? no.  But you can register as a domain name.

both of these show that in the example "" that is the domain name and that url is NOT the sub-domain as you stated.

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Top Level Domain - it's right in the name!

I'm done with this disscussion
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Easy does it guys...

Creating a TLD zone is fine, but unnecessary.

A CNAME is actually an Alias.  It's not a HOST record, but you can create an entry for under the same FLZ but pointing to the internal Web server FQDN.  As long as the site in IIS is set to All Unassigned it will answer.


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Thanks for all the contributions.

Netman66 - how do I go about creating the record in the same FLZ ? I tried creating a CNAME record but this just created a new TLD.
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Yes, that's what it will do.  It'll create sub sub-containers for that entry inside your FLZ.

Give it a shot and see what you get.


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