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I am currently setting up a domain name on windows server 2008r2 iis7

In the local hosts file I have mapped and to the localhost

The iis7 website has the bindings for and

However, from the internet the website only loads up when browsing to

Is there something I am missing to make it work on

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Is your DNS correctly setup so points to your server –  Sam Jan 10 '10 at 0:06
Would that just be setting up a forward dns for the A record with the record name as "" for to the IP Address for the server? –  asn187 Jan 10 '10 at 0:19
As Sam has said, make sure you set up a DNS A record for the domain that points to the public ip address that you're forwarding to the server. –  joeqwerty Jan 10 '10 at 0:19
yes, you should just need an A record for pointing to the IP of the server. –  Sam Jan 10 '10 at 1:09
Perfect thanks for confirming. –  asn187 Jan 10 '10 at 1:15

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As Sam pointed out the host file only handles resolution for the local computer. For everyone else, you need to have a DNS record.

To have both and active, you'll actually need to create two records. The first would be an A record for that points to the IP address of the web site. The second would be a CNAME record in that domain for www that points to the name That way anyone accessing would automatically be sent to

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You could simply use an A record for both amd instead of using a CNAME. IMHO it's 6 of one and half a dozen of the other, although the use of a CNAME will require an additional lookup for –  joeqwerty Jan 10 '10 at 1:34
True, but if you change IPs later on you will have to update both of them. I personally tend towards making things simpler to administrate, on the theory that I will always forget something. –  Graham Powell Jan 10 '10 at 2:02
True enough... :) –  joeqwerty Jan 10 '10 at 2:08

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