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Setting up a site to be accessed both locally and externally

Current Situation:
We have an A Record setup for clients.abc.com to point to our external IP address of If you are NOT on our network, you may go to clients.abc.com and it pulls from our Linux server located locally on our network at If you ARE on our network and you visit clients.abc.com, the user will receive an page load error.

We would like to access clients.abc.com both locally and externally without any issue.

Necessary Specs:
RedHat Enterprise Linux v5.7
3 Solutions
Paul MacDonaldDirector, Information SystemsCommented:
Create an internal DNS zone that points to the internal IP address?
Can't you set a local DNS record in your network to redirect clients.abc.com to
colonytireDirector of TechnologyCommented:
A few options are available:
1.) You need an internal DNS server with an A record pointing to the internal private IP.
2.) Add a host file entry on your internal machines for the internal IP. (easiest option)
3.) Add a conversion rule in your firewall for LAN machines looping back in to the private IP.

Hope this helps,
colonytireDirector of TechnologyCommented:
Correction: Host file is easiest only if you do not have an internal DNS option.  Sorry about that.
SRG041808Author Commented:
Thanks a lot. We have several Windows Server 2003 in place so we went ahead and had DNS settings setup to redirect them locally. Thanks again.

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