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Server 2003 pointing to wrong web server

Posted on 2012-04-10
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Hi There

I have been asked to take over the IT requirements of a small school. This includes server2003 and all web & mail. I had a number of issues already which have been sorted out by EE already (God bless you all ;-) ). My "New Issue" is as follows......

Because of moodle, mail re-directs and a couple of things I am leaving the hosting of all that with the present hosting provider until the school year is out. Even before I came along the web side of the hosting was being re-directed to a different webserver. So when I came into the picture I just forwarded the website to my webserver.

From the outside world this looks exactly as it should and the CMS that I put in place is accessible (the reason behind this change). However when I'm in the building there are issues when trying to access the website. If I try the url like www.smallschool.com I get get the old redirected site on the old webserver (I know this because it shows all the old pages that have now been changed on the CMS). But if I use the url smallschool.com I just get a page saying "Under Construction" and it suggests that I look up IIS help.

There must be some local settings on the server that are remembering or using the old re-direct. Can you please advise.

By the way. This server never hosted the website. It was always hosted by a separate hosting provider out on the "Interweb".
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Check your internal DNS configuration.  NSlookup should be able to help you with tracking down where the internal DNS records are pointing.  Possible they used a host file to direct the traffic.
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Sorry about the delay in getting back. I was ill and afterwards I didn't have access to the servers. They have since been rebooted and I can log on to the site remotely again.

I made some changes to the DNS records and pointed the old referenced hosting ip address to the new one and the only difference is that instead of getting the old version of the website, I now get nothing.

I did an nslookup through the command prompt window and I tested two URLs. The first is of the school's website and I got back the following reply:

####_serv1.#### can't find www.schooldomain.ie: Non-existent domain

The next test I used a URL that sits on the same hosting server and I got back the correct Name, Address & Aliases.

Can you please help?
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by:doey
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I had to flush the DNS a number of times after the changes before it worked.
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