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We host several web based applications outside of intranet. The URL's to these applications are long, complex and overall not user friendly. Ex:

http://hostingsite:port/approot/folder/folder/login.aspx <-- (production)
http://hostingsite:port22/approot/folder/folder/login.aspx <-- (dev)
http://hostingsite:port33/approot/folder/folder/login.aspx <-- (test)

I'd like to create an internal DNS entry to allow users to access these sites with ease. Ex:

http://prod  --> http://hostingsite:port/approot/folder/folder/login.aspx
http://dev --> http://hostingsite:port22/approot/folder/folder/login.aspx

I'm not familiar with the DNS process and setup, as far as I know a DNS can only be redirected to an IP, but not to subdomains for directory paths as described above? Is this a correct assumption?

I am thinking for throwing up an internal webserver that will listen to the internal DNS entries and redirect to the external sites.

http://prod --> [internal webserver] --> redirect --> http://hostingsite:port/approot/folder/folder/login.aspx

Is there a better way to do this?

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You are correct. DNS can only resolve the domain part but is unaware of any kind of path structure. Therefore the esiest solution would be a webserver to redirect or reverse proxy, like you proposed.

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