[NOTE: The solution of this question is perfect, by something stray away from what the title indicates.]
I'm facing a small problem with
Windows Server 2003 DNS service. In my corporation, I'm running Microsoft DNS server(
172.16.0.12) to do name resolution to my company intranet(domain name ends in
dev.nls. resolving to IP 172.16..), and it is also configured as a DNS forwarder to forward other domain names(e.g. *.google.com , *.sf.net) to
Internet real DNS servers. This internal DNS server never tends to serve users from outside world.
And, we are running a mail server(serving incoming mail for a real Internet domain
@nlscan.com) inside company firewall which can be accessed in either way:
- by connecting to
172.16.0.10from within intranet.
- by connecting to
126.96.36.199) from Internet.
188.8.131.52 is not the same physical machine. The
202 one is a firewall machine who do port forwarding of port
110 to intranet address
Now my question: If users inside corporate LAN want to resolve
mail.nlscan.com, it resolves to
184.108.40.206. That's correct and workable, BUT NOT GOOD, because the mail traffic goes to the firewall machine then bounces to
172.16.0.10 . I hope that our
internal DNS server can intercept the name
mail.nlscan.com and resolve it to 172.16.0.10 . So, I hope that I can write an entry in "hosts" file on
172.16.0.12 to do this. But, how can
Microsoft DNS server recognize this "hosts" file?
Maybe you suggest, why not have intranet user use
172.16.0.10 to access my mail server? I have to say it is inconvenient, suppose a user(employee) works on his laptop, daytime in office and nighttime at home. When he is at home, he cannot use
Creating a zone for
nlscan.com on our internal
DNS server is not feasible, because the name server for
nlscan.com domain is on our ISP, and it is responsible for resolving other host names and sub-domains under nlscan.com.
WesleyDavid suggested, I follow the solution of simply create a zone named
mailserver.nlscan.com and place a nameless A record in that zone . Time proves this works well.