setup multiple sites athome

Posted on 2009-04-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hi guys,
I have a windows 2003 server with a static IP address at home and I was wondering about setting up DNS for the domains to use.
I have a primary dns and secondary dns servers created at my registrar but once I move the sites to my home server I will not have any control over the IP addresses for the dns servers ns1 and ns2.
My question is whats the best way to use my dns servers. should I ask my ISP to provide me with a second IP address to use for the secondary dns "NS2"? I need my dns to point to and
the second question is, is using host header files the best way to host multiple sites on the same machine using the same IP address?

Question by:Sammy
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    Expert Comment

    The usual way to do this is to let the domain name registrar manage the DNS - almost all of them provide free DNS delegation service with their annual registration fee.  Then you just need to add host records (A) for each web site - point to your static IP address.

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    Assisted Solution

    Or you can use for free DNS hosting its really reliable but you only get 5 domains for free.  Point the A record to your home IP, open port 80 and use host headers on IIS to determine the site that was requested.
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    Author Comment

    well my registrar is godaddy and from what I can see is in order to use my ns1 and ns2 I need to use 2 different IP addresses and both have to be static. am I missing something here?
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    Accepted Solution

    you have a choice:

    1.  keep using godaddy for /delegation/ and then just use the godaddy service to add your web site records,
    2.  use a third party zone delegation service like zoneedit (as suggested previously) and then enter the zoneedit DNS servers for ns1 and ns2 (etc)
    3.  get another IP address from your isp and put those two ip addresses for ns1 and ns2

    Note that if you go for choice 3, you will need to forward dns traffic to one or two dns servers inside your network which is technically incorrect design (your 2 DNS servers are supposed to be independent servers, and supposed to be on a physically different network too) and probably defeats the purpose of having 2 DNS anyhow.

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    Author Closing Comment

    Sorry for the delay and Thank you guys, I am going with ZoneEdit
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    Expert Comment

    If you went with zone edit my solution should have been the Accepted solution.

    Anyways zoneedit is really good.

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