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    Website will only work with www. in front of domain

    Ok i have little to no experience with webservers... our school website will only work if you put www. infrom of the domain. How can i add a rule or name (not sure of the termanology i should be using here) so the you can just enter the domain in IE and get to the site.

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    www.mywebsite.sch.uk works fine

    mywebsite.sch.uk doesn't work

    i think it something to do with DNS and forward look ups..... but i might be guessing here.

    thanks for your help.

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    You need an A record which states something like
    *.Mywebsite.Sch.Uk IP.OF.YOUR.SERVER

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    Actually that was wrong. That will let you put anything in front of the domain.

    Your a records needs to be
    Mywebsite.Sch.Uk IP.OF.YOUR.SERVER
    Www.Mywebsite.Sch.Uk IP.OF.YOUR.SERVER

    You could also add
    *.Mywebsite.Sch.Uk IP.OF.YOUR.SERVER
    This would also make ww2.mywebsite.sch.uk work also.

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    1st off thx for the speedy reply.

    i have;

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    should i also have;

    l------Name------l----type----l------data-------l

    (same as parent) Host (A) 10.15.20.2


    with a fully qualified name of;

    *.mywebsite.sch.uk


    i assume i wont see the effects straight away.

    thx once again

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    What do you see currently when you don't use www.

    Do you:

    a) Get page cannot be displayed / DNS error
    b) A webpage that you don't expect

    It might be DNS as per above or it might be a need for configuring the vhost of the webserver to "know" you want to use the non www address to access it too.

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    i get a server not found error without www.

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