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How do I make domain name go to server 2008

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Hello

I have windows server 2008 running IIS 7.  I have 1 website defined but can only access it via IP address.  I have a public IP of 74.11.xxx.xxx and can access the site by http://74.11.xxx.xxx
My problem is that I can not get there via http://www.mydomainname.com  I get a page cannot be displayed.  I set up the DNS with my provider to be ns1.mydomain.com and ns2.mydomain.com   I can not ping my ns1.mydomain.com  it comes back with the following

C:\Documents and Settings\kebeck>ping ns1.mydomain.com

Pinging ns1.mydomain.com [74.11.xxx.xxx] with 32 bytes of data:

Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 74.11.xxx.xxx:
    Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),

Also cannot ping my IP address.  I am very new to server 2008 so it may be something simple buty any help would be greatly appreciated.  It the real domain or real IP address is needed for troubleshooting I can provide them.

Thanks

Kevin

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Have you checked the Windows firewall config on the 2008 server? ...need to have ICMP (known as ping) allowed....Anything in your event logs on the server? Have you verified that your provider got your DNS info correct? This issue appears to be either DNS or Firewall/Security related.

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Not sure how to check the firewall config on server 2008.  The connection comes out of our T1 and right into the server.

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OK I found where to turn it on now I can ping it.  The only problem I have now is getting my domain name to actuall go to the server.  I can now ping ns1.mydomainname.com and get a reply from it.  I have my site set up in IIS.  The bindings only go to the IP address.  If I edit the bindings and add www.mydomain.com  I cannot access it anymore by IP address or by the .com name.

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Who is your host and could you post your domain? It is a DNS issue and it is most likely going to be with the NS settings your using. Also, can you access the web page from inside the lan, by going to http://servername?

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We are hosting ourselves.  We have a T1 line coming in and so far this server is the only thing on it.  I have not put it behind our firewall yet.  I wanted to get it up and working first so I can troubleshoot issues as they come up.  The server IP is 74.11.4.222   The primary nameserver is ns1.thesummit1.com and it does ping to 74.11.4.222  The domain we are setting up is www.thesummit1.com

as far as going to http://servername  I get a page cannot be found  404 error  same for http://localhost

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Ok, I tried pinging www.thesummit1.com and it does not reply, so we have a DNS issue right out of the chute. This web site is hosted 100% on your internal server? If so, is the server providing dns or are you using your ISP for dns? Next, what have you done so far as creating an A record and having it point to your external wan ip address.

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Yes 100% on our internal server.  I had my ISP update DNS records for my name servers but not for the domain name.  I thought all I needed to do there was change with my registrar to point to the nameservers.  (Which do reply when they are pinged)  Do I need to contact my ISP and have them add an A record for thesummit1.com?
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Ok I use Godaddy as well.  I will log into it and set it up and let you know how it works.  Any idea where in my Godaddy account I set that up?

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When you log into Godaddy, click on Domains in the green menu bar near the top and select "my doamins" from the drop down menu. Click on your domain name and then a new page will open up. You should see "Total DNS" and then see a link below it "Total DNS Control". Once you click on that link you can make the proper changes. You may want to contact Godaddy, but I am pretty sure they will suggest using their name servers.

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These are now the nameservers  ....  NS13.DOMAINCONTROL.COM  NS14.DOMAINCONTROL.COM   and

TOTAL DNS shows me the following now:

Total DNS: (Available)
ARecord @ 74.11.4.222
CNAME www @
CNAME mobilemail mobilemail-v01.prod.mesa1.secureserver.net
CNAME pda mobilemail-v01.prod.mesa1.secureserver.net
MX @ smtp.secureserver.net
MX @ mailstore1.secureserver.net

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It could take up to 24 hours for the NS change to propagate the internet, but the settings look good to me.

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Also, do you have a DNS server running on your LAN? Your going to need to add an A record their as well and you will also need to setup split-dns if your inside clients are going to access the website via www.yourdomain.com

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No we use our ISP's dns  so it won't be an issue.  I made the change and was able to access the site from inside our network and outside the network.
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