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How do I add a DNS record using Windows Server 2003

looking to add a record so that  users looking to go to my website can use:

in addition to

With Linux this is easy as all i had to do is create an additional A record that looked like the following:

something.com.           IN           A 
www                          IN           A 

the   something.com  would all users to simply put in    something.com eliminating the www portion.    Can't see how to do this with a Windows DNS Server.
Windows Server 2003

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8/22/2022 - Mon
Toni Uranjek

Hi marchopkins,

Open DNS console from Administrative Tools, right click your DNS domain, select Add host record..., leave name blank and enter an IP number.



I tried that.  Also, i do not see an   ADD HOST RECORD.  I see a New Host (A)...  which again, i tried.  When the record is complete it reads:

(Same as Parent folder)                 Host (A)

When i try to ping from my laptop I get the following:
C:\Users\marc>ping something.com

Pinging something.com [] with 32 bytes of data:
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 10.10.10..0:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

I have replaced the real IP and domain name with a dummy address just to illustrate.   It looks as though the ping of something.com without the www wants to use the Network Number rather than the address of
Toni Uranjek

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I didn't have that command available in Vista 64bit, but, i just rebooted and all is well.  Thanks, it worked.
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James Murphy

I see the Cached sites on the server.  Is there a way to trace the sites to a certain host?  I would like to know what my people are doing during the day.
Toni Uranjek

You are asking if DNS records an information which computer has asked for certain domain to be resolved? No, cache is dynamic and after TTL expires, all information is erased. You could however enable DNS debug logging for UDP traffic, incoming queries only on DNS server which would produce massive amount of entries in text file and impact server performance.


And of course because resolving an address does not mean that connection from client to resolved address was even made, using proxy with logging capabilities (such as ISA 2007) would be better choice. With ISA traffic can be traced to user accounts not only to IPs.


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