Tech Tips / Windows NT / Networking

Adding a host record for a domain name

Want to be able to allow your users to get to your Web server without typing in the "www"? For example, if your domain name is, you can configure and so that they'll both take users to your Web server.

This could normally be done in DNS by adding an A record and leaving off the host portion of the name. The problem with doing this using the DNS Manager is that if you select New Host, the DNS Manager tool won't let you leave the Host Name field blank.

The solution using DNS Manager is to use New Record instead of New Host, and select Record Type "A." Then you can leave the Host Name field blank and the DNS Manager will allow you to add the record. This creates the same type of entry in the DNS zone database as using New Host, but it creates the entry without the host portion of the name.

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