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PIX DMZ address resolution

My external DNS servers are on a PIX DMZ interface and they support multiple Web and Application servers on the same phyical subnet. When one of these servers attempts to access a site ON THE SAME PHYSICAL SUBNET, the DNS query resolves to an external address and the connection fails.

I have an ALIAS statement but this does not work in this instance becuase the lookup does not go through the PIX. If I use NSLOOKUP and attach to a DNS server on the outside of the PIX, the ALIAS commands takes over and things work properly.

I suppose I could make these servers use someone elses DNS (external to the PIX), but I'd rather use my external DNS servers.

Any ideas?

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Re: PIX DMZ address resolution

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Re: PIX DMZ address resolution

You can try hosts file solution if the application is running on a server that is NOT running DNS. Add your DMZ host names with their local IP to the hosts file.

Even for the DNS server hosts file may be used at a higher priority for resolver but but external DNS queries may be answered from the DNS databases.

This solution is suitable for only a few servers. If you have several computers consider running an internal DNS which resolves the DMZ names to local IP and forward/resolve the rest to global IP. The other will continue to serve the public accesses from DMZ.

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