Can' access our website internally. ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED

We are having problems accessing our website that hosted somewhere else that has the same name as our internal domain.  The site is accessible outside of our network.  We have created an A record for www that points to the public address of the on our internal dns server.  Nslookup on my laptop in the office resolves to the correct internal dns server and its IP and resolves to the correct public address.  I can also successfully ping
Still, when I open a browser and go to, I get the ERR_CONNECTION_REFUSED.
Any ideas?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
Well this is a textbook example of why Microsoft recommends a .local for internal domains.  So let me ask you this... What browser are you using?  Is you website SSL secured or not?  Let me know and I will help you further... Also, when you put the global ip address of you hosted website does it come up?

John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
In other words instead of put in the actual global IP and see if the site comes up.
JasonAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your reply.  
From what I understand, Microsoft doesn't recommend using .local anymore and now recommend the use of subdomains like  I believe this is all due to the November deadline for CAs eliminating the use of SSL certs on any of the .local, .priv, or .int domains.  We must now use FQDNs.  
My boss insisted that we use and while I recommended, he insisted we used  I've done it successfully in the past during the 2000/2003 days but, aside from doing the A record for www, I don't remember what else I had to do, if anything, to get the external website working.  From what I've read, we have to do split-dns now.  Can you offer guidance with that?
The site does have an SSL attached to it from the people that host the site.
When I try to use the public IP of the website, I get a 404 error.
I appreciate your help on this.
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JasonAuthor Commented:
...and I'm using Chrome.
John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
Can people get to your domain outside the network?
JasonAuthor Commented:
They can get to as long as you're not inside.
JasonAuthor Commented:
Figured it out.  Created a second zone for in the forward lookup zone with the A record for the public IP.

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John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
Glad you got it sorted.  There were a number of ways to address the issue. Obviously you have external DNS zones for the Internet page.  If you were responsible for the Internet as well as the Internal dns I would have recommended a BIND DNS server with views set up.  Then your internal DNS could have just forwarded requests to the bind server and the bind server could have given the internal IP clients a different set of local IPs and Internet clients the global set.  You had just one URL so what you did was the easiest approach to solve the issue.  You can then do the same if you add ftp, etc..

John Gates, CISSPSecurity ProfessionalCommented:
Also you can still host a .local for internal clients.  If you set up a PKI infrastructure you can self sign certs for internal clients...  Regardless of Microsoft's new recommendations I still think .local is ok :-)

JasonAuthor Commented:
Figured it out.
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