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I am using SBS 2003. I'd like to host 2-3 small websites.

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I am using SBS 2003. I'd like to host 2-3 small websites. I expect hits to be <100 per day total. How do I go about having three different web sites host on one server?

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OliWarner earned 500 total points
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Using host headers:

http://www.iisanswers.com/Top10FAQ/t10-hostheaders.htm

That will allow you to host as many sites as you like off one IP. I suggest you use a DNS services like ZoneEdit (.com) to point your domain at your IP.
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Is zoneedit a reliable DNS service?

It appears to offer 5 sites for free. Is this correct?

Thanks
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How is zoneedit different from using the DNS servers from Godaddy or register.com?
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If I want www.MYBIGDOMAIN.com to point to one IP address and mail.MYBIGDOMAIN.com to point to another, can I do this with ZoneEdit?

Sorry for the multiple posts.
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>> Is zoneedit a reliable DNS service?

Extremely. And yes 5 domains for free.


>> How is zoneedit different from using the DNS servers from Godaddy or register.com?

They're much faster and so you can update the IP the domains points at much faster -- This is particularly helpful if your IP changes. You don't want to be down for 48 hours at a time.


>> ... can I do this with ZoneEdit?

Yes. It's just a case of adding the records.
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does www.MYBIGDOMAIN.com and mail.MYBIGDOMAIN.com count as two domains or one
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on ZE it counts as on top-level domain (MYBIGDOMAIN.com)

You add the subdomains (www and mail) later on
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Excellent!  How do they make a living from this?
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Well they expect you to love it so much you move all your domains over and pay for more than 5 domains =) Like I do.
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Thanks for the info on ZoneEDit. I've signed up. You should get a commission!

Back to the original question. You answered with this:

OliWarner:
Using host headers:

http://www.iisanswers.com/Top10FAQ/t10-hostheaders.htm

That will allow you to host as many sites as you like off one IP. I suggest you use a DNS services like ZoneEdit (.com) to point your domain at your IP.

It sounds pretty simple. Is it as straight as it seems?
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As long as your DNS points to your server (the ZoneEdit part), hosting more than one site on the box is just a case of adding the host headers
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I posted the Q here and on the Linux area as I have a Linux box and an SBS 2003 that I can use for this. It seemed more tricky with Linux.
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Presumably I add the ZoneEdit DNS servers as my DNS servers in the REGISTER.com setup, right?
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Their nameservers, yes.
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I realize I'm still asking Q's on a thread that I awarded points...but...

My current setup has a modem then a firewall router then my SBS2003. I am thinking of adding a std W2003 server with the website hosting. Should I stick it outside the firewall directly connected to the modem or inside the router with whatever ports opened on the router?

The std w2003 server would ONLY host websites and maybe a FTP server
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Also. My intended server is a DELL power edge with a 2GHz celeron (I know!) with 256Mb RAM. Do you think going to 1Gb ram will do it? Or do I need more horsepower. (100 hits a day would be more than I expect)
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Horsepowerwise: that could be enough as it is. What are you planning on running on it? It's database servers that pull the most RAM, so if there's a large database, you might see benefit from more RAM... I'd experiment with 256 first though.

Securitywise: The best thing to do is to not allow your server to have access to your internal machines. Some firewalls give you 3 "regions".
The Red Zone is the internet.
The Green Zone is the internal network.
The Orange Zone is where you host public-facing servers.

Red can only access Orange.
Orange can only access Red.
Green can access everything, including other green computers.

You can mock that situation by having two router-firewalls. The first one is connected to the internet, the orange zone computers and the second router. The second router is your green zone. That way NAT routing should stop Orange accessing Green zone computers.

I wouldn't route the internet connection "through" the server though. If it is compromised, it would be easy for an attacker to sniff traffic passing through it. Just leave it hanging off another router and tell the router to allow port 80 through to it.

Why the complicated setup? Because if somebody does exploit the server, you want the range of effect to be limited. The last thing you want is somebody to gain full access to your internal network because of a security flaw on your server -- especially when it can be avoided by using some cheap hardware to route things.
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Should this be re-posted so that others can benefit?

You make an interesting point about "I wouldn't route the internet connection "through" the server though" SBS2003 wants you to use a public NIC and a private NIC. I never liked the sound of this, and have always put the SBS2003 south of a firewall router (with or without two NICs). BTW when I say firewall router I mean a cheapo Linksys DSL 'firewall' router. I don't expect my low-brow web sites to invite trouble, but will I get much protection from this type of device if needed?
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What are ZoneEDit DNS servers?

What should I point to?

Many Thanks
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What are ZoneEDit DNS servers?

=====NEVER MIND=====!

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>> I don't expect my low-brow web sites to invite trouble, but will I get much protection from this type of device if needed?

Plenty. Yeah NAT routing is what has the most effect here because it stops people on the outside getting full access to the machine -- rather just a certain port.
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