A. We are all used to entering www.<domain> for a web site, such as www.serverfaq.com, however www is just a normal DNS host record and if you want your site to be accessible as just <domain>, e.g. yahoo.com just create a blank host record.

In Windows 2000 to create a blank host record for the domain perform the following:

  1. Start the DNS MMC snap-in (Start - Programs - Administrative Tools - DNS)
  2. Expand the server - forward lookup zones - DNS domain
  3. Right click on the domain and select 'New Host'
  4. Leave the name blank and just enter the IP address (check the create associated pointer record box)
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  5. Click Add Host

A new host record will be listed of the form:

(same as parent folder) Host <ip address>

To do this on NT 4.0 for the domain ntfaq.com at address W.X.Y.Z, do the following:

  1. Stop the DNS service:
    C:\&gt; <b>net stop dns</b>
  2. Edit the file ntfaq.com.dns (found at %systemroot%\system32\dns\*.dns)
  3. Find a record that looks like:
    www IN A W.X.Y.Z
  4. Add the following record below:
    @ IN A W.X.Y.Z
  5. Save the file
  6. Restart DNS Service
    C:\&gt; <b>net start DNS</b>