Host Name vs. Domain Name


M

MLighter

We have 2 win2k DNS servers and a separate WWW server.
When I type just the domain name "domain.com" in the
browser, it resolves to a site on one of the DNS servers
rather than the WWW server that we would like it to
resolve to.

When a user types "www.domain.com" it resolves correctly
to our web server. (The host header on the website is set
up to use the domain name without the WWW).

Any ideas what we need to change in DNS to get DNS to
send a browser to the WWW server when a user
types "domain.com" without the "www" in their browser?

Would the SOA record have anything to do with that?

Thanks for any assistance you can offer.
 
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Kevin D. Goodknecht [MVP]

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MLighter said:
We have 2 win2k DNS servers and a separate WWW server.
When I type just the domain name "domain.com" in the
browser, it resolves to a site on one of the DNS servers
rather than the WWW server that we would like it to
resolve to.

When a user types "www.domain.com" it resolves correctly
to our web server. (The host header on the website is set
up to use the domain name without the WWW).

Any ideas what we need to change in DNS to get DNS to
send a browser to the WWW server when a user
types "domain.com" without the "www" in their browser?

Would the SOA record have anything to do with that?

Thanks for any assistance you can offer.

The domain name _must_ resolve to the Domain controllers for the Active
Directory domain. That is how Group policies are applied, group policies are
in the SYSVOL DFS share on all DCs at
\\domain.com\SYSVOL\domain.com\policies you should not alter this behavior.
I suggest that you setup websites on the DCs that will redirect domain.com
to www.domain.com. That is a much better solution and keeps members machines
from trying to find the DFS share on the web server.
 
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