DNS Resolution

I have a URL that is :   http://01-sql-xyz/Reports_DOCS

When I plug it into my browser I get:
The server at 01-sql-xyz/Reports_DOCS can't be found, because the DNS lookup failed. DNS is the network service that translates a website's name to its Internet address.

I have a DNS record for 01-sql-xyz, what do I have to do to get the URL to work in a browser.
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Michael ChisholmCommented:
If this is your local server first try the ip address to see if the site appears.  If it does not then the server still has an issue. If it does and you have a DNS server make sure the client and the server are on the same domain. If not use the fully qualified domain name such as


note that I added the "domainhere.local" portion to the end of the name.

If you do not have a dns server edit your host file by adding the server name and ipadress to the file.

directions to complete are below:

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zero000koolAuthor Commented:
If I do by IP Address it works.
If I just do:   http://01-sql-xyz/Reports_DOCS  it does not work.

I have to do: http://01-sql-xyz.ad.corp.smith.com/Reports_DOCS. then it works.

Is there any way where I can make the URL shorter for the users.
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Go to Control Panel → Network and Internet → Network and Sharing Center.
Click on Change Adapter Settings.
Right-click on your network adapter
Select Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on the Properties button.
On the General tab, click on the Advanced… button.
In the Append this DNS suffixes list, add the domain "ad.corp.smith.com"

You can probably do this using GPO for your users.

But really this is a workaround, not a solution. If the computers are joined to the domain then DNS completion should work out-of-the-box.


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Michael ChisholmCommented:
you just need to make sure that the DNS name is being offered as part of your DHCP scope. if your not using a windows DHCP server then put the preferred DNS domain name in the group policy.  This way all clients will append the dns suffix when not specified.  If this is a sub domain of the clients and they are on the root. in your DNS server put an alias for the longer address in their DNS domain.
zero000koolAuthor Commented:
Is there anyway to create an alias so the URL is shorter, say:   http://sql/Reports_DOCS
Dan CraciunIT ConsultantCommented:
Yes, in the hosts file you can put the IP of 01-sql-xyz.ad.corp.smith.com
ip.ad.dr.ess   sql 

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zero000koolAuthor Commented:
This cannot be done via ALIAS in DNS.
Michael ChisholmCommented:
Keep in mind Host files would need to be added to each machine. Correcting DNS and the way clients reference the URl is a flexible and permanent fix.  A host file is just a local DNS reference for a workstation.
zero000koolAuthor Commented:
Yes I know editing host record out of the question
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