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Need to redirect a URL to take me to a link on the main page

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Should be easy, but my 10-minute google search isn't netting any results and I am running out of time.  

We are a school.  I just put Destiny, our library software, on the internet.  The external URL, which works fine, is library.MyDomain.com.  Internally, we access Destiny over the network via its internal ip, 192.168.23.10.  I just set up a second DNS primary zone for library.MyDomain.com, and now we can access Destiny by simply typing, "library."

The problem:  the main page that comes up when we access Destiny is not a useful one.  When I type in "library," rather than having the main page come up, I want to see one of the pages the main page links to.  Specifically, I want "library" or 192.168.23.10 to redirect users to

library/quest/servlet/presentquestform.do?site=100

More info:  Destiny is a service, so I didn't actually set up a website.  I just pointed our external i.p. to the server internal i.p. and it works.  IIS is not installed on the Destiny server.
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There are many ways to accomplish this. This is only one possible way. To redirect a URL, you must have a web server available. DNS will not accomplish this alone.

1. Setup a web server such as IIS on another system with a different IP (192.168.23.11)
2. Edit the default webpage on the server to redirect to the desired address (http://192.168.23.10/quest/servlet/presentquestform.do?site=100)
3. Change DNS A record for library to 192.168.23.11
4. If you do not want the IP displayed for the user, create a new DNS A record such as library2 for 192.168.23.10 and use that in the URL.
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That is my trouble.  I was trying to find a way to do it with just DNS.  I understand your response and it makes sense to me.  I don't have time to perform the steps now, and I know I will be too busy tomorrow to monitor the thread.  So I will mark this as "solved."  Thank you!
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I have run into this many times and I also wish DNS had this capability!
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