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Website URL is too long.

Hi,

We need to provide a URL of a website for our customers.  The URL has a long suffix after the FQDN of the web server.  

Can I create some sort of alias in the DNS side to help resolve to this URL?
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
Suggest:  An internal redirect in the server, redirecting from a chosen short URL to the long URL.
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nav2567Author Commented:
Do I do this on the WEB server?

If yes, would you advise how?

If we cannot get access, can we use our internal DNS to do the trick?
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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
DNS only deals with domain names and IP addresses.  Any suffix to the domain name or page name will be ignored by DNS.
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footechCommented:
Since you say this is for your customers, I assume that means they are accessing the web site over the internet.  Strictly speaking, DNS cannot help with this situation, for the reasons mentioned by Dave Baldwin.  Even if it could, are your customers using your internal DNS?   I wouldn't think so.

Dr. Klahn's suggestion should work.

One other option, though not strictly a function of DNS, is something offered by some DNS service providers (like UltraDNS).  They have what are called web forwarding records (the term may vary according to provider) that perform functions like an HTTP redirect, such that you could do something like redirect a request for http://example.com to https://www.example.com/with/a/long/url/file.aspx.
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nav2567Author Commented:
Thanks, Foottech.

Internally, can we setup a "web forwarding record" in our Windows 2008 DNS server?
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footechCommented:
No, Windows Servers don't do that.
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Dr. KlahnPrincipal Software EngineerCommented:
EE email requested stale question closure.
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