Active Directory domain same as www. - fixable?

Posted on 2009-05-26
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Last Modified: 2012-05-07
We made the mistake of setting our Windows 2003 Active Directory domain name the same as our www. domain, and now when users are logged in to the domain and want to browse our web site and simply type http://domain - they generally get nowhere. So we have told everyone to go to http://www.domain instead.

This is all well and good, except that management is cranky that it has to be that way.
Is there any way to add an entry to DNS so that if a user types in http://domain it goes to the externally hosted http://www.domain web site?

Question by:jn1480
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oBdA earned 252 total points
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There's only one possibility, which potentially weakens the security of your DCs: install IIS on all DCs, and redirect to your external IP address.
Your AD domain name *has* to resolve to a DC, no ways around that.
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by:vmwarun - Arun
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You can add an alias entry in the domain controller to redirect requests

For example, if i want to access hotmail.com, I can add an alias stating that www.hotmail.com should be redirected to hotmail.com
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I would create a CNAME "www.domain" in DNS that points to "domain"
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jar3817 earned 248 total points
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The ONLY thing you can do to fix this is to rename your AD domain. I've never actually done this myself, but I hear it's pretty straight forward with win2k3. But do the research and figure out exactly what that will entail and what it will impact.  If management is cranky now, they'll be really cranky later if something gets borked and you have to rejoin all the computer to the domain before they can login.
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by:Chris Dent
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Recommend Split: oBdA (http:#24477225) and jar3817 (http:#24483794)


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