Redirect URL to local address?

February 16, 2009 at 15:15:23
Specs: Windows Server 2003 Standard 32-bit SP2
Hello--I have a (hopefully) simple need. Let
me know if I am descriptive enough, I have
limited knowledge of network/server concepts!

When a user within our local network puts in
a specific URL (i.e. "HTTP://COMPUTING.NET"),
I would like them to be redirected to a local
address (i.e. "HTTP://").

I have a Windows 2003 Standard server acting
as our DNS and DHCP server.

Background--We have a locally-hosted service
that is accessible from the internet. We
have mobile devices (laptops and cell phones)
that access this service from anywhere using
the URL (HTTP://COMPUTING.NET). However,
while they are within our local network, it
would be faster and more efficient for them
to use the local address. They could have a
"local address" to use also, but I would
rather just use the one URL.

Basically, instead of the user going out to
the internet and then looping back into our
network, I would like them to just be sent
directly to the local address.

Thank you for any help!

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February 17, 2009 at 08:02:07
Can you help me figure out how to get help
with this?

Is the question too complicated? Is more
information needed? Is what I am asking
simply not possible?

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February 17, 2009 at 08:29:08

Split DNS should handle this. I assume your internal DNS server only services queries for clients on your LAN? If so just add an entry for ' > internalIP'. LAN machines will then use this while internet machines will use the public IP.

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February 17, 2009 at 08:59:55
Thank you for the response. You are right that my DNS server only services our LAN.

The DNS is on Windows Server 2003, and I have the DNS manager open. I see that I can create a new Host, Domain, Alias... What type of entry is it that I need to add?

EDIT: Well, on my DNS server I added a "New Domain..." as ''. Then I went into the '' folder and added a "New Alias (CNAME)...". I left the "Alias name" blank (to use the parent domain), and set the FQDN for target host to my local address 'HTTP://'. I hope this will work to redirect traffic, but I will have to wait to test it until the end of the working day.

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