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I have a client that has 2 sonicwall 2040 firewalls. office in Chicago will VPN into the office in Miami.

Chicago office internal ip is 10.1.1.1 and is on a different domain than the miami office
miami office is 10.1.2.1 is on a differnt domain than the chicago office.

the vpn is connected fine. However the chicago office needs to be able to connect via UNC to a shared folder \\server1\share. I have setup conditional forwarders so i can connect via unc to \\server1.domain.com\share but the software we use won't allow us to do that, it needs to be \\server1\ only.

is there anything i can do so that i can ping and connect to server name only instead of servername.domain name if the offices are on seperate domains? Besides adding a host file to each computer?

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by:CommonSenseSolutions
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Have you tried adding a CNAME to your DNS server in record in Miami.
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by:CommonSenseSolutions
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Have you tried adding a CNAME record to your DNS server in Miami that points to your server in Chicago.
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Its only one server or a few that you need to connect to?  

Creating a A record on each domains DNS server pointing to the correct IP will work.     Even if the FQDN is server.miami.local...for instance:

In Chicago create an A record, for the server that lives in Miami:

server1.chicago.local 10.1.2.20    You should be able to ping server1 or unc to \\server1\ and be fine.  

This worked for me.

You should be able to create stub zone on each AD domain to pull the DNS entries over then you can create CNAMES.    But I would create the A Record if there are very few servers

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