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Changing Forest Domain to point to external DNS servers, but keeping internal DC

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Hey guys, initally setting up my server, I made the mistake of calling my forest tree my external domain (domain.com).. I have all the workstations setup to point to that DC, and have reconfigured all their settings, and setup emails..

Now I realized that the DNS points to the DC when we punch in the address on IE.. and this won't work because the website is hosted externally at another company..

What is the best thing to do for this situation? Is there anyway I can rename the forest, without having to re-configure the settings/re-adding all the workstations back to the domain?

Any help is appreciated.

Thanks.
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Add an entry in your server's DNS for www.domain.com and point it to the external address.
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by:Darius Ghassem
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Go into your DNS forward lookup zone add an "A" record called www pointing to the external IP address of your website
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This works, but when I punch in just "dustcontrol.ca" without the www it still points back to IIS.. any solutions?
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No, this is one of the down falls of having the same name internal and external. You can setup a IIS redirect on all of your Domain Controllers which redirect the request to external website
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How would I set that? There is only one domain controller on the network.
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Go into IIS on the server.
Default web site | right-click | Properties
Change the directory to the external web site.
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No, I found it, turns out HTTP Redirect isn't automatically enabled on IIS7, and needs to be added as a feature.
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