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Can't access external website

Microsoft Windows server 2008 r2 standar...
March 16, 2010 at 22:34:46
Specs: Windows Server 2008 R2 x64
I have a domain set up at my business and I'm having a problem accessing an external web site with the same address as my domain.

For instance, my internal domain on Server 2008 is called "EXAMPLE.COM"

I'm trying to access our corporate office's web site, whose address is WWW.EXAMPLE.COM.

When we type the web address into the browser, it takes us to an error page saying that the page cannot be found. It's looking for the web site on our server, instead of directing to the external web site.

We tried to use IIS7 to redirect to, but it still displays an error.

I also tried to ping the IP address of the external site and use that for forwarding, but the IP is coming back as false, and the company that hosts the site is not responding to requests to provide the actual static IP of the web site.

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March 17, 2010 at 02:03:21
If you use the same domain name for internal web server and external web server, access from the internal network to the external web server won't work.
You have to choose another domain name for the internal web server.

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March 17, 2010 at 08:09:17
I understand that already. When we had someone come in and set up the network, they weren't aware that there was an external web site with the same name.

I'm trying to find a way to fix the problem without having to rename the internal domain.

I have messed around with IIS7 HTTP redirects, but I still get error pages instead of it redirecting to the external web site.

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March 17, 2010 at 08:18:43
But the redirects are all based on the same domain name and that is the problem.

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April 6, 2010 at 01:41:33
First find out what the IP address is of the external web server if
you do not already know it (You can get it by pinging the
website). Go to Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools >
DNS and locate Right-click and choose “New
Host (A or AAAA)”. Type “www” into the name field, and the IP
address of your external web server into the IP Address field.
Click the “Add Host” button to save it.

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