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How do I create a DNS address record for my VPN server?

Posted on 2007-04-02
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Last Modified: 2010-04-12
I am going through the Remote Access Wizard in SBS 2003 R2.
What is the procedure for getting my ISP to create a DNS address record for my VPN server. When I call Bellsouth I can't seem to find anyone that knows what I am talking about. Should I just stick with using my static ip address?
Question by:ArkAdmin
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ID: 18839956
Currenty, my domain name and web site are being hosted by
If '' points to my public web page hosted remotely by can '' point to my local VPN server?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 1200 total points
ID: 18840025
You generally would configure the record  at either your Domain Registrar or Web Hosting Company.  If you look at the WHOIS record for your domain, it will list the NAMESERVERS which are authoritative for the domain.  This is what indicates where the DNS Zone File is that you would need to add a HOST A record pointing whatever hostname you like at your SBS's Public IP Address.  If you want, then that's fine.  You may also want to configure your MX record there so that the SBS's Exchange Server can receive email directly.


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RGRodgers earned 800 total points
ID: 18840676
Your use of is exactly correct.  The vpn identifies the server in the domain, just as www normally identifies the default web server.

You can also use a dynamic DNS resources such as  They have both free and paid services that you can manage yourself.  They are very useful even in the short term, while you get your permanent name assigned or moved.
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ID: 18844488
so it has nothing to do with who "owns" the static ip address?

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ID: 18844573
Also, is there any problem with having the A record for the VPN server configured at BST? I think they might do this for free as part of my service agreement.

I'll follow up on the MX record and local web page record in another question.


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ID: 18844672
the nameservers are listed as authoritative on for my domain name. does this mean that BST cannot configure the A record for the VPN server

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ID: 18844850
Ok, no worries, my domain host supports the creation of sub-domains and will configure the A record for the local VPN server free of charge as part of my service agreement.
Thanks guys.

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