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We have a Windows 2008 server that is acting as a DNS for the local network. The server is not administered by me.

In the DNS management console, I can add new forward lookups. There already is a number of them:

  • server1.companyname.local =>
  • backup.companyname.local =>

but they are all inside the .companyname.local zone.

However, I need to set up a small number of "extensionless" lookups like this:

  • projects =>
  • admin =>

etc. etc.

Is there a clean but simple way to do this? I can add a new zone in the console, but I'm not sure how to set one up that doesn't have an extension. I seem to be lacking the right keywords to Google this....

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I apologise if I'm oh so wrong here, but I don't think there's any such thing. You've always got to have a TLD / DNS root or whatever. I think what you're used to seeing is companies having things like http://webmail - HOWEVER, this is really resolving to

This is done by the machine knowing which domain it's in and /or by using the "DNS Suffix" in the network connection settings.

Standard practice tends to be to create a ".local" zone for this stuff, otherwise it just goes under the companyname.local name like in your first examples.

In other words, add projects & admin alongside the others and users will NOT have to enter .company.local as long as they're on the domain or have the default DNS suffix entered.

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Indeed! This already works. Could have thought of that.... Thanks! – Pekka 웃 Nov 4 '11 at 16:38

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