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accessing our own website from inside our windows 2012 network

We have a single physical server running windows 2012 standard edition. We have 2 hyperv servers running on it, one being our domain controller and file server, and the other being our exchange 2016 server.

All seems to work well, but we cannot access our own website from inside our local network.

Our website is hosted by an external 3rd party, and has its own dedicated ip address.

Whenever we enter the ip address into any browser outside our network it translates to https://domainname.co.uk and the website displays correctly.

We have 2 zones in our local DNS, one being domain.local and the other we have configured for domainname.co.uk

inside domainname.co.uk we have created an 'a host' record for www and pointed this at the public ip address for our website.

When we run nslookup for www.domainname.co.uk it translates to the correct public ip address for our website.

if we enter the public ip address in nslookup it says cant find xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx - unknown domain.

If we enter the public ip address into a browser inside our network, it just brings up bing with several search suggestions. If we enter the actual domain name into the browser ie www.domainname.co.uk it translates to https://DOMAINNAME.CO.UK ie the www part is replaced with https, and "this page cannot be displayed".

Can anyone help in resolving this issue?

Many thanks
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nigelbeatson
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footechCommented:
In the zone for domainname.co.uk create another A record and leave the name blank and point it at the same IP as "www.domainname.co.uk".  After it's created it will show as "(same as parent folder)".

Entering just the IP into a browser should probably work, though I think with some you might have to prepend the protocol to use, i.e. http://xx.xx.xx.xx
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nigelbeatsonAuthor Commented:
that worked perfectly. many thanks
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