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Redirecting web requests to FQDN to external website

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I'm using SBS 2003 R2 and it's been working great.  I'm using a two-NIC setup on SBS with the external NIC having the static IP address from the ISP on it.  I have a LAN setup on the internal NIC for internal users.  Further, the internal domain is "mycompany.lan" to ensure it doesn't conflict with my external domain name (www.mycompany.com). Everything is working great, so far and users are receiving email through Exchange fine, getting out to the Internet and using RWW.

I'd like to continue letting my users use RWW (http://www.mycompany.com/remote) from outside the network, but when anyone external or internal accesses http://www.mycompany.com from a web browser I want them to be redirected to an externally hosted website.  Is this possible and how do I set it up?

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Okay, I've got RWW working and everyone can get in fine, as well as everyone receives email fine too.

My only issue is still, when an outside user types http://www.mycompany.com (note: this is an example of the domain name owned and not really mycompany)  The person receives a "HTTP Error 403.6 - Forbidden: IP address of the client has been rejected. Internet Information Services (IIS)" error.  I want anyone that types that address to be redirected to an external website that the company has setup for information purposes.  For example, I want anyone to type (internally or externally) http://www.mycompany.com and to be redirected to, for example, yahoo.mycompany.com, which is an externally hosted website from the company.  How do I do this?

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When you ran the CEICW did you enable port 80 (Business Web Site wwwroot)?

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Yes, I enabled port 80 (wwwroot) during the install.

I don't want to host the companies' external website on the SBS server, therefore I want any requests to the FQDN http://www.companyFQDN.com to be forwarded to the externally hosted website.

Sorry to sound like a newbie, but I've confirmed the CEICW settings, but just not sure where, if in SBS to put the re-direct at (ie, redirect any requests to this website to this other website)

Is it possible that I need to have the redirect setup by my ISP instead of trying to do it myself in SBS?

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Jeff of course is correct in regards to security. Minimizing traffic to your server is a good idea.
I was however trying to keep thing simple for starters. Was going to suggest a lockdown after all was working.
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Thanks guys for your help.  I split the points and am very much appreciative!

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Olaf,

It's not about security as much as that the SBS is not the authoritative server for the domain's DNS.  Therefore, you don't want to router ANY traffic to a non-authoritative server other than that which is supposed to go there.   The mycompany.com traffic should stay at the authoritative server, which in this case is the ISP's server.

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