setup and navigate to Intranet on Server 2008

This should be an easy question.  I am trying to set up an Intranet website on Server 2008.
I created the site and set the port for 8012.  The default web is on port 80 and I don't want to mess with it.  In the browser window on server or at a workstation I can type in  http://MyServerName and the index page for the default website will come up.
The new website I created is named ABC.  From a workstation I can type in a browser  http://MyServerName:8012  and bring up the default Index page.  How do I get a friendly name to work in url address bar?  eg  http://ABC  rather than having to type in the port number?
Every combination I have tried using the new website name will not work.
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BradleyClevelandAsked:
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PACSAdminICT Operations ManagerCommented:
Can i ask the obvious question first as to why you do not want to use the default port 80? Do you have another app using this port or is it just for security reasons.?

The only way i can see you doing this using IIS7 is to have a redirect that adds the port number on the end.
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BradleyClevelandAuthor Commented:
I didn't want to use the default website and port because in the future we may be using that for www access.
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PACSAdminICT Operations ManagerCommented:
Have you tried using host headers as multiple sites can use port 80 if you have defined a host header for them.

This is done in IIS7 by
- selecting your website
- From the actions pane selecting bindings
- click on your site binding and select edit
- In the Host Name box enter the name of your server.

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BradleyClevelandAuthor Commented:
PACSAdmin: That works if I also assign our .org domain name to the default website, BUT to access the my new web (ABC), I have to type in http://MyServerName.  It appears that the browsers will only point to a registered domain name rather than a website name created in IIS.
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PACSAdminICT Operations ManagerCommented:
can you ping 'ABC". Have you set it up as an alias in dns.
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BradleyClevelandAuthor Commented:
I haven't abandoned this question. We just don't restart our server very often. I've attempted to create a new alias as directed, but my understanding is that it will not be effective until the server is restarted.
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PACSAdminICT Operations ManagerCommented:
Ipconfig /registerdns from the command promt is all you need to do on your workstations for them to pick up the change
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BradleyClevelandAuthor Commented:
I guess I did something wrong, because I can't navigate to the alias I thought I created and can't ping it either. How about link to some simple steps for configuring an alias name on my serve
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PACSAdminICT Operations ManagerCommented:
Process is simple..

Connect to DNS using admministrative tools from your workstation or from a domain controller

- Right Click on your domain from within "forward lookup zones" and select "New Alias (CNAME)"
- Enter the Alias Name (just the name i.e abc) you will see the fully qualified domain in the box below (abc.YourDomain.com)
- Enter the fully Qualified Domain Name of the server you are creating the Alias for i.e (YourServerName.YourDomain.com)
- Click OK and your done.

- Let natural replication replicate the DNS change to all your Domain Controllers or force replication using Sites and Services

- On your workstation enter ipconfig /registerdns to replicate the changes to the DNS Cache on your workstation

Ping the alias and it should return the FQDN of the server you entered the alias for.
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PACSAdminICT Operations ManagerCommented:
I have attached a screenshot of the properties box you will see when you select new alias
Alias-example.png
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BradleyClevelandAuthor Commented:
PACSAdmin: The DNS alias I created was in the list, but I didn't have the fully qualified name applied to it.  picture is worth a thousand words. Thanks for your help and for posting the screen shot. I can now type in the alias name from a workstation and hit my html pages.
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