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Home web server - Win 2000 advance server edition

I gave already check with me ISP, I am alound to run a small personal web server for myself, but not run a comerical site. Just wanted to get that out there before I get flooded with questions about wheather my ISP allows personal webservers.

Basicallly, I am running windows 2000 advance server. I have played with getting a server running, but I always get stuck at the DNS. I am looking for a good set of instructions on how to get a web server running so it can be views from the web. It will probablly be running using a dynamic ip, but I am working on seting up a static ip.

The more detailed you can be the better.

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  • rchaney86 Mar 09, 2009

    I have apache setup and running like you suggested, so the web server is running, by that defination.

    My problem would be the DNS. I bought my domain from epic domain and when I try to set up a dns, it want dns1 and dns2, but I only have 1 ip address, will it work if I put the same ip in for DNS 1 and 2 or would DynDNS deal with telling me what DNS to point my domain name to?


  • rchaney86 Mar 23, 2009

    Thanks for everyones help!

    My issue ended up being with port forwarding in my router.

    The solution I found is a great one. www.000webhost.com is a free hosting company and offers lots of great free features and if you want to pay for unlimited it is really cheap. I like what I am seeing so far.

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I am uncertain if you already have a server on your machine, however you will want to download one (a server). The best around is obviously Apache. Once downloaded, install it to C:\Apache (Not the default C:\Program Files\Apache Foundation folder). Afterward set up your Internet Modem to forward port 80 on TCP and UDP to your computer's IP address (Not necessary if you're not behind NAT or a firewall)

Once you've done that you have a running web-server. Any document's you place in Apache's, "htdocs" folder will be accessible from the web.

Now to get you a DNS. Try out DynDNS. They have free services (which I myself use) and some services which cost money. Most likely you're after a domain name, so you're going to end up paying for your DNS services. However once you have an account you will want to forward any traffic dialing the DNS to your computer's IP Address.

After the DNS is setup any traffic visiting your DNS will be forwarded to your computer's IP address where Apache will direct them to the files located in its, "htdocs" folder.

Let me know if you need me to clarify any one of the previous points, I will gladly do so.

Good luck.

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  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert Mar 10, 2009

    Good question, I myself have never been down that alley.

    Okay, it sounds as if you stumbled down the wrong street. If you bought a domain it sounds as if the company that sold it to you wants to host the website for you. In that instance, you wouldn't be hosting the website yourself on your Windows 2000. So, you might have to dump your account with Epic Domain and sign up at DynDNS. I know for certain that their Host Services will allow you to list the IP where the traffic is forwarded to when someone attempts to visit your website's DNS address. (I think that was more confusing to word than to interpret.) However, I do not believe that you can list your IP address as the DNS server as you are a web-server and not a DNS server.

    I'm not real certain I'm understanding your comment correctly. So if you think I interpreted your message correctly, please feel free to respond so that I can understand the situation properly.


  • Peter Steiert
    Peter Steiert Mar 23, 2009

    It's also a safer alternative as Windows servers have a reputation of being exploited, and quite easily.

    All the best.


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