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Microsoft KB Archive/172427

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Web Clients Cannot Resolve Name by Domain Name Only

Article ID: 172427

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q172427


Your web clients can access your web server using the fully qualified domain name (FQDN), but if they attempt to access it using only the domain name, the attempt fails.

For example, if your web server's host name is, then your clients are able to use to reach your web site, but they cannot access the web site using


There is no A record in your Domain Name Service (DNS) zone to resolve the domain name to an IP address.


To resolve this issue, you will need to create an A record in the DNS zone by performing the following steps:

  1. In DNS Manager, right-click the desired zone, and click New Record.
  2. Leave the Host Name box blank.
  3. Enter a.b.c.d in the Host IP Address box, where a.b.c.d is the IP address of your web server.
  4. Click Create Associated PTR Record to clear this option's check box.
  5. Click OK, click DNS, and then click Update Server Data Files.
  6. Quit DNS Manager and restart your server.

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