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SBS 2008, How to setup dns for a new domain name to use just mywebsite.com.

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I am migrating from sbs2003 to sbs 2008.
AD, DNS, EXCHANGE and IIS is migrated and is functioning with no issues.
Why my company decided to muck with domains and webhosting during a sbs migration is one of life's most endearing msyteries, but I have to deal with it.

I've purchased a new domain name that is a secondary, seperate and distinct domain name from my AD.
I'd like sbs 2008 to host it.

The add new ip address wizard does not work for me because I did not purchase from the MS list of approved registrars.

I've searched EE and came close with this snippet from this ID: 21992046;
(same as parent folder) must be a Host(A) record with the IP Address if you want people to be able to get to mywebsite.com.

I can't figure out how to create a host(a) record with the ip address.

www.mywebsite.com works great, points to new domain name and iis is hosting it great.
mywebsite.com points to my default site which is not good.
I am looking to have mywebsite.com point to the same location as www.mywebsite.com

This is what I have in sbs2008 server manager DNS for my new zone; mywebsite.com.
(same as parent folder)              SOA                    servername.domain.local
(same as parent folder)              NS                       sbs2003 servername.domain.local
(same as parent folder)              NS                       sbs2008 servername.domain.local
webserver                                  host(a)                10.0.0.50
www                                          alias(cname)       webserver.mywebsite.com

Thank-you for your insight.
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Hmmm, after further searching, maybe I'm not aproaching this right at all.  Maybe it's all about my iis7 host headers being messed up.  I'm going to google now.
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I was missing mywebsite.com from my iis bindings, but that did not resolve my issue, infact now mywebsite.com resolves to nothing.

From the server I can ping www.mywebsite.com and it resolves to my server ip.
ping website.com does not get resolved, so I am sure this is a DNS issue, and is proably still a missing host record issue?
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Ken Fayal earned 500 total points
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Well, first you DO have to configure your DNS.  But from the looks of it, you are trying to host your OWN DNS with Windows, or are you hosting the Domain name (and DNS) through a registrar?

If that is the case, then yes, you simply create a new web site in IIS and create host header records for both the www.mywebsite.com and mywebsite.com.
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Yes, I am using my server to host the DNS for this domain. My isp DNS records points to this DNS as the authoritive DNS server.


you know what, that was going to be my answer, but after thinking about it and doing a whois on my new domain, the nameservers on my whois points to my isp, not my server.  

Is it possible that I am beating a dead horse by making this poverly complicated?
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Bah, Im going home now.  My supper is ready.  I will deal with this in the morning.

Thanks for you efforts KaptainKenbo:

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by:Ken Fayal
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I would keep the ISP as the DNS hoster for your domain and configure a default host, and www host record there.  Then just configure a new web site in IIS and create the 2 host headers where one is www.mywebsite.com and the other is mywebsite.com.
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Would you believe that I came home and from outside the AD network, mywebsite.com points to the correct site as does www.mywebsite.com. It works a-ok from outside my domain.

So I remoted back into my server and some clients, and I still can't access mywebsite.com from any computer inside my domain.
Very weird.
I can live with it.  As long as the outside world can see everything ok, I can deal with internal stuff only if/when I have time.
I'm moving on with my migration.  Tomorrow I start dealing with software vendors.  Oh joy.

As to your point, I have verified that I have the two host headers binded to the site. I appreciate your fast responces.  Thanks!
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This answer pointed me in the direction that I needed to go at.
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Oh, I just had a thought.  If the ISP is my domain name's DNS server, and is redirecting to my www server, and my iis is configured to use host headers, then why do I need to have a dns entry in my AD?  What would be the consequence of removing said DNS entry?
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by:Ken Fayal
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I don't think there would be any adverse consequences.  Regarding your inside clients not being able to get to your web site.. do you have a cisco firewall by any chance?  If you do then it might be something as simply as setting up DNS doctoring on the firewall.
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I have removed my forword lookup zone entry for this domain, and everything works great, from inside the AD network, and the rest of the outside world.  

I do not have a cisco firewall, but I was making things overly complicated by trying to setup DNS when the ISP has already done so.

Thanks again!
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