DNS same as parent A records - website issues

OK, our domain (windows AD) is ahec.edu, our website is ahec.edu

from inside network typing in browswer only the term "ahec.edu" doesn't work because the A records in DNS servers used by my internal clients will resolve to our ahec.edu Domain Controllers.
(same as parent folder)               Host(A)     

we have a www record that points to our website, but of course this requires www.ahec.edu.

now, i'm pretty freakin sure i can't delete the three same as parent A records for my domain controllers...right? If that is the case, how to solve the issue that folks typing in ahec.edu can't get to the website without adding www?

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DrDave242Senior Support EngineerCommented:
The short answer: you can't. This is one of several drawbacks to giving your AD domain the same name as your registered domain. You're right that you shouldn't mess with those "same as parent folder" host records. Each one of those should contain the IP address of one of your domain controllers. These are important to AD; don't delete or modify them.

The simplest workaround will be to tell your users to always use www in the URL when they're accessing the website internally. (It's really not that hard to hit the same key three times in a row.)

Other possibilities involve nontrivial tasks like renaming your AD domain or installing IIS on all of your domain controllers and configuring it to redirect requests to your website. I don't recommend either of those.

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AHECAuthor Commented:
Thanks Dr.Dave - validates my thinking and sounds spot on.
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