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Currently I have a helpdesk portal that users can type in http://servername and it takes them to the portal. I want them to be able to type one of several words into the browser and DNS redirects them to the helpdesk server. So for instance they type "help" into the address bar and immediately are redirected to http://servername for the helpdesk portal. Any help?
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From your primary DNS server, you can create a CNAME entry in your forward DNS zone, and redirect it to the current DNS name. After you make this change make sure you refresh your DNS on the local computer you are trying to resolve the new name with. Let me know if you want more specifics on how to do this.
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Presumably you already have your clients configured to append your full domain name to DNS requests that are not in the FQDN form.  That is if someone enters "servername" it gets ".domain.com" appended to it.  The CNAME suggestion seems like it should work.  Example DNS entry for the CNAME record:
help CNAME servername
 
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Let's say your servername is HelpDeskServer.

There must be a HelpDeskServer A record pointing to the server's IP number on the DNS server (Forward Zone)

You need to create a CNAME or A record.

If you create the CNAME record, you need to configure it to point to the actual HelpDeskServer record.

If you create an A record, you need to configure it to point to IP address of your HelpDeskServer.
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It seems that I must not have our DNS correctly configured to append the domain name. If I type help I get no webpage but if I type help.corp.companyname.com then it comes up correctly. How would I go about appending the domain name to dns requests?
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Maybe I'm incorrect. If I type in just the server name into the browser it comes up with the help desk portal just fine. I can't seem to get the cname records to work correctly though.
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There's usually an option in the DHCP scope settings to automatically append ".domain.com" to all DNS requests that are not already in the FQDN form (server.domain.com).  Optionally, you can configure the IP properties on individual clients to do the same thing.  Better to do it in DHCP though and only have to do it once.
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