Hosting own Email/Website

Posted on 2010-01-07
Last Modified: 2013-12-14
Hi all,

We are looking into hosting our own email/website.  We are running SBS 2003, here are some problems I am running into :

We have buisness class DSL with our current ISP so we have a static IP, however the ISP is telling me they do not provide Reverse DNS or smart hosting unless you get T1 line or better.  However they did send me the attached document.  Best I can tell is it show me how to setup smart hosting through a third party (  I have spoken with a local DSL provider and they can offer us Reverse DNS service for an extra $15 a month.  Which option would be better, using this, or changing ISPs (and all the other setup changes that requires on our network)? or any other ideas?

For our website (it is a very low traffic informational website), I have read that you can but SHOULD NOT host your own website on an SBS server.  Therefor my current plan is to setup a small DMZ on our router and putting one of our extra XP PRO machines with IIS in this DMZ.  Then host the website on this machine and forward all HTTP traffic to it at router, while forwarding all HTTPS to our SBS server for OWA and RWW and the such.  Does this seem like a good idea? or does anyone have a better idea?

Thanks all
Question by:sagetechit
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    If i were in your situation I would just switch ISP, get a new static IP and use the DMZ like you said to server the files of the website. That is a lot of in house work. Why not just create a godaddy account and have them host your files?
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    Either you host your site externally or go the whole way and host it yourself along with your own DNS (just make sure the ISP can provide Reverse DNS, you cannot do that yourself unless you have a complete C-class IP range). If you like to learn a lot and have fun while doing it I'd recommend that route but if you're doubtful, go for Brian702's suggestion above.
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    Addition: If you only are going to haver a website and nothing else (no mail attached to the domain name) you don't need any Reverse DNS, it's mainly used to check the credibillity of the mail server name, that corresponds to it's IP address.

    Author Comment

    We already have a host for external email (Lunar Pages), which we access via SBS/Exchange POP3 connector.  This connector started to screw up which was the impetus to look into hosting own email.

    With users and distribution groups we have about 30-40 email accounts.
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    Expert Comment

    First of all, do not use POP, use IMAP and have the mail on the server, not on the local machine

    Author Closing Comment

    Thank you,

    This is what we are going to do.

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