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What does it take to make my Web site (currently private) visible to "the outside world"?

Posted on 2007-12-05
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Last Modified: 2009-12-16
I'm running IIS on Windows Server 2003.  It's on a private network, 192.168.10.  Can somebody please point me to an article that outlines the logical steps I need to take for anybody on the public Internet to see my Web site?
I'm familiar with registering domain names.  And I've always had my Web sites hosted by a third-party Web site hosting service.  And now I have a Web site that's only visible on our private network.  But my boss is needing me to make the site visible to the community.   Actually, I work for a school and we need the parents to be able to see the student information.  Any clarification of the issues I'm about to face would be helpful.
I suspect that building a VPN might be an option, but I don't know enough about VPNs to phrase my question in that regard.  The other extreme, I guess, would be to host my publicly-visible domain/Web site locally.  Is it really just two options?
Question by:Dwight Baer
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sabioit earned 1000 total points
ID: 20416793
You need a domain record
A record pointing to your external IP address
NAT the ports from your external IP address to the IP of your server


basically if i your firewall you NAT (external) port 80 to (internal)

outside world can access you server by typing

DNS will take care of translate the name to the number
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Assisted Solution

by:Sam Panwar
Sam Panwar earned 1000 total points
ID: 20417164

If you have static IP then you can easily do it.


1. Configure your server on the static IP so when some one access site from the outside then they can access the server.

2. If you have your domain control panel then check where is your website Name server is point . name server look like as follows

So you have to point your website following A record to your server static IP address

*                        A <static IP of the website>
www               A    static IP    A    static IP

Means your website resolve from the Name server which you have point.

Let me know if I can be of any further assistance.

Author Comment

by:Dwight Baer
ID: 20417313
Thanks sabioit and Abs jaipur!  This is helpful.
I'm not at my IIS server at the moment ... I'll update this question tomorrow (within 24 hours), after I look at my server.

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