How2 Host Your Own
Posted on 2006-06-23
I currently use a hosting service for email and web hosting. It used to be a great cost effective solution for myself and my (really) small business clients but thanks to spammers, overloaded mail queues, and blacklisting, this is no longer the case.
I'm toying with the idea of bringing this in house for myself and possibly as a service for my clients (hosting them here). I have an existing Win2k Advanced server as a single Domain controller on my small home network. I've been using it mainly for testing with virtual machines, etc. It also holds offsite backups of some of my client's files.
I also have another Win2k server and would like to install Exchange Server 2K on it (I have read that I shouldn't put the DC and Exchange server on the same machine).
Currently, my Domain is setup as "mydomain.local" because my domain name is pointing to the hosting service.
I'm trying to figure out what steps I need to take and in what order so that I can bring my email and website in house. I know I need to get a static IP but, I do have a free dyndns.org account that has been working pretty well.
Should I join my second server to the mydomain.local domain? Should I install Exchange Server before or after doing that? Will I be wasting my time if I don't have my domain name (mydomain.COM) pointed at my static IP (which I don't even have yet!), or will it be simple to change the domain once everything else is in place?
I could really use some help and advice on how to proceed.
As always, any help will be greatly appreciated.