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Question About IIS and web server

Hi,

I'm alittle stumped at the moment, i've been messing around with windows 2003 server to get the feel for it, soon i'm going to be getting a domain, my question is how do i host a website on my domain and how do i use iis for that purpose.

I'm a newbie to this but not computing, only to servers i lack knowledge in.

How do i go about setting up my 2003 server to host my website for my domain...?

What is required to set up a website on a domain, like say i've brought the domain then what do i need next, i'm pretty sure it's a webserver.

but i'd like to get all my facts straight.

Because i've heard iis is one of the best out there for windows, and i'd like to make use of it.

Can you give me any articles or tips or anything that may help.

It would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Michael
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JamesDSCommented:
rowlandm52

Right then. To host a domain on your own server:

Get an IP Address either fixed from your ISP or dynamic and use Dynamic DNS (see www.microtech.co.gg for information)
Install IIS on your Server and make sure it has inbound connectivity from the internet throught your firewall/router/gateway
Remove the default site and create your site, and if there is more than one site, create the host header entries for each site so that IIS knows where to send incoming requests for different sites.
Get the DNS entries for your domain to point at your new IIS server

viola!

If you use dynamic dns then you dont have to pay for the fixed IP address as each time your ip changes a bit of software on your server tells the dns server its new ip address

Cheers

JamesDS
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rowlandm52Author Commented:
Hi,

i'm alittle lost on what you mean by "Get the DNS entries for your domain to point at your new IIS server"

I've made a test site, i've already added the site to iis, but i don't know what to do next and what i.p settings i need to obtain, and where to enter them!

Thanks,

Michael

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JamesDSCommented:
rowlandm52

Speak to your DNS provider, the ISP that hosts your domain. They will need to modify your DNS zone to point your domain ar your server.

Configure your firewall to allow port 80 inbound to your IIS server

Assuming your IIS server can see the internet ok, there shouldn't be anything else required.
Cheers

JamesDS
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rowlandm52Author Commented:
Thanks for that i think i know what your talking about now.

i just have another question in relation to all this, when i get my domain does that mean i'll have to set up my computer as a domain controller, and if so what benefits does it have and wat does it do, can someone explain that part to me, as i said i'm a newbie to servers.

Also is there a way i can set up an ftp server so that my friends will be able to upload n update the site by sending the updated stuff to the ftp, because i know that's how isp's do it well over here in Australia anyway.

Thanks,

 Michael
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JamesDSCommented:
rowlandm52
No, a domain controller is for controlling an Active Directory Domain and nothing at all to do with internet domains. You would get no benefit from using Active Directory in this case and it is very complex to set up and configure. Don't bother!

You need to set up an FTP site in IIS where the local folder of the FTP site is the same place where you store the files for your web site.

Cheers

JamesDS
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rowlandm52Author Commented:
Hi,

thanks for the information guys.... i'm just alittle curious on one thing still....

don't i need a password and username to upload the site or somtheing? because if i don't doesn't that mean anyone can do it...

Also how do i set up an ftp server with user names and passwords for the people i want to allow?

An can i just set up an ftp server for storage of files on my server and i can access anywhere and that's no way associated with the website?

Thanks Guys.
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JamesDSCommented:
rowlandm52
On the FTP site properties under directory security set the authentication and access control settings to switch off anonymous and switch on NTLM. Then create users on the local machine and assign these users some NTFS rights over your directories where you created the site.

Make sure the FTP users have the "Logon locally" right or they will have access denied when they connect.

To set this right, look in your local security policy snapin under windows settings\security settings

Yes, you can set up the FTP to just give you visibility of your site and have nothing to do with your website. I recenty answered another Q on this here:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_20971948.html#10947731



Cheers

JamesDS
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