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Hello Experts,

I am wanting to set up a forward lookup zone in order to forward to an outside web address.  The situation is we used to host one of our reading programs on one of our internal servers running iis.  In order to reach the site at that time all we would have to do is type in 192.168.2.200/renaissanceserver into the address bar and it would forward to the program for everyone to use.  Naturally everyone made links on their computers to access this server.  Now we have migrated that database to an offsite server.  You can access the site by typing in a web address.  What I am wanting to do is set up a forwarder or new zone to forward requests of the 192.168.2.200/renaissanceserver to the web address so whenever someone uses the existing links it will take them to the new site.  I am just trying to avoid having to go to 250 computers and remaking the links.  If this is a possibility, I would sure appreciate any help you can offer.  Thanks!
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You are not able to do this as your computer will not send a DNS request when you're connecting to an IP address.  This is why it is never a good idea to have clients connecting to an IP, always always always give them an A record to connect to, it saves the hassle down the road.

What you may be able to do in this case, if 192.168.2.200 is available, would be to set up an apache server with mod_proxy configured to proxy the requests to 192.168.2.200/renaissanceserver to www.thenewsite.com/newurl .  This would mean an extra server, but would also mean not having to change the links.  

What you could also consider is giving everyone a new favorite in their browser using group policy.  Would that solve your issue?
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