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I am running a Windows 2003 SBS Server with Exchange, but I'm running a website offsite.  I have DNS recognizing the website, but when I try to access my website's SSL page, I receive a "Page Cannot Be Displayed" error.  I have looked at the DNS records and they are correct.  I have also run "IPCONFIG /FLUSHDNS" with no luck.  What do I need to do in order to get the SSL page internally from the offsite web server?
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Did you name your INTERNAL Network Domain the same as your EXTERNAL one?  (ie both are  "domain.com" instead of having your internal domain have a .local suffix?)

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They are different, but I have added a separate DNS lookup zone for the .com
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Disreguard this question.  It would seem that it just took longer than it should for the DNS record to update.
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Why did you add a separate DNS lookup zone for the .com?  This doesn't make sense... that should be handled by your web server's nameservers.

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You really don't want your SBS handling DNS for an outside server.  Even though it's your web server, that's no different than if a user would put www.yahoo.com in their browser... that traffic needs to be handled by the forwarders and be sent out of the LAN as soon as possible.

Forwarders are configured when you run the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW -- which is linked as Connect to the Internet in the Server Management Console > To-Do List).

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Internally we run part of the domain so it was necessary to have a forwarder so the inside users could access the website offsite.
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Well, that still doesn't sound right... if your users need to access the domain, then if you have NO DNS record configured, they should be able to resolve it fine.  I don't know what you mean by "part of the domain", but if that is handled through your public www site, then the users would be coming back from there, and wouldn't even access the local DNS.

I realize you say you got this resolved, and if you want to drop it at this point that's fine.  But something is telling me that you're generating much more traffic and routing than is necessary.

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I see your point now.  I have made the modifications and now I have less overall work to do.  Thanks for your time.

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No problem... I try to keep it easy!

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