A customer of mine wants a user to be able to type "http://intranet" into their url and have their web application load. typing their web applications is rediculous because the url is nonsensical, I don't know how that happened. I am not a Network Engineer, and don't know how to do this. They have created the DNS forward lookup "A" record for "http://intranet".

Bonus points if you can explain a little bit about what is going on behind the scenes :)

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You can configure this by

  1. Adding http://intranet in the Alternate Access Mapping - From SharePoint Central Admin
  2. DNS must be configured with an A record for each Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). The A record points to the load balanced IP address for the Web servers hosting a site. In a typical production deployment, servers are configure with statically assigned IP addresses, as well as statically assigned A records in DNS.

Details can be read http://blogs.technet.com/b/tothesharepoint/archive/2011/05/25/coordinating-urls-with-aam-and-dns.aspx



  • Thanks! Not quite there yet though. Comments edit http, apologies for the '/'. "http:/intranet" works if I type the top level site for the home site collection in. So I am typing 'http:/intranet/xxx/sites/HomeTest' which isn't what the client is looking for.
    – Chris
    Commented Mar 26, 2015 at 15:20

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