Windows Domain Name same as externally hosted website

Using Windows Server 2008 Active Directory and Windows Server 2008 DNS Server

My company’s windows domain name is identical to our externally hosted company website.  
Initially we had a problem getting to this external site from our desks until we added a ("www" A Record)  pointing to the externally hosted website's IP address.

This method works well if internal employees enter, however, it does not work if the employee enters (goes to an internal web server).

I can add an ("http" external IP address) A record in DNS but it will not allow me to create a record like ("http://" external IP address)   I believe that I need to add the “:\\” to the http for this to work but the DNS server will not allow it.

Any ideas on how I can internally forward users that type in http:/ to our external website?

Thanks in advance for your assistance.
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Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:
Hi there,

This is unfortunately a fairly common problem.

AD needs the name so you can't make point to anything else.

That means your choices are:

1. Make everyone use exclusively
2. Forward requests for to
3. Rename your AD domain

2 requires you to set up IIS on every DC and then a web site with a redirection to a URL.


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Or just give the website a different name :)

Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

There's always that :-D

There's also using a proxy server as an option in one form or another, but those are typically a bit more involved.

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Mace7777Author Commented:

I like your second (forward them) suggestion.  I do not have a lot of IIS experience but I know a few things.  As of now when my users enter they are directed to one of my two AD 2008 Domain servers running IIS 7.  (They actually see the IIS 7 logo).  These internal IIS sites are dormant and not used for anything.

Do you have any step by step instructions on how to forward these people to  If you do then you certainly solved my problem.

Chris DentPowerShell DeveloperCommented:

You may need to add the "Http Redirect" role component for IIS. I'm afraid I don't have a server nearby at the moment.

If that's installed you should get a Http Redirection option when you select the site in IIS 7 manager.

And if you get that far, you can pop in there.

Most of the process with pictures here :)

Mace7777Author Commented:
Thanks Chris!

This solution will work for me.  Your the best in the business.
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