access to server

Hello there,

I would appreciate some guidances to ensure i don't go completely wrong.

I have installed windows small business server 2000. i have a fixed ip address, lets say is

http://XX.XX.XXX.XX1, i went to whatismyip.com to confirm this.

The server has a ip address which is 192.168.X.XX

I want to simple test the servers ability to serve up pages.

i have a firewall and have configured port to 80.

Please tell me the steps required so i do not inadvertently provide a hole in security to the server.

Thanks.
blueohyessAsked:
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humeniukCommented:
The proper procedure is to forward incoming http traffic (port 80) on your public IP to the LAN IP of the server (192.168.x.xx).

However, you can test your server from the LAN before configuring the port forwarding (or NAT) as above.  There is no need to modify your firewall until you are ready to serve pages to internet users.

Since you are security conscious (always a good idea), you may want to take a look at the MS IIS 6.0 security info/overview:
www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/596cdf5a-c852-4b79-b55a-708e5283ced5.mspx

Also worth a look:
www.port80software.com/products/servermask/

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blueohyessAuthor Commented:
thanks for your help. I will follow your advice. regards.
humeniukCommented:
Glad to be able to help.  Thanks for the A.
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