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Hi

I have a client who has dynamic IP on their ISP and without changing ISP they cannot get static.  They have an exchange server 2003 setup and want to implement OWA.

I have set them up an account on no-ip.com and their IP address is configured to a subdomain of no-ip.org.. for example

mailserver.no-ip.org

this connects successfully to the server, although the username/password is rejected for some reason.

What the client would like is to have their own url in there, for example

server.mydomain.com

the host used for email/website has facility to add cname, a records etc....

is there any way to get these to link up, or are we stuck with using mailserver.no-ip.org?

and if we are stuck, then how do I get around the username/password issue?

Thanks

CD



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by:KGNickl
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Not sure about the username/password issue, but for Dynamic DNS.... Depending on the setup you could do this different ways.

If you own a domain and are going to host the email and website from the dynamic DNS location.
1. Find a dynamic DNS provider. Either take your domain name that is already hosted and set the nameservers so the DNS is hosted by the dynamic DNS provider.
2. Setup dynamic DNS on the router or computer you are using. Make sure the routers firewall is setup to let the correct ports through.
3. Seup the DNS at the dynamic DNS site for the email, website, etc....

If you own a domain and have it hosted by the same company and you are going to have a separate email it can more difficult. The problem you run into is you want to host your DNS from a company that supports dynamic DNS. Most likely your current hosting company does not, so you would have to host your DNS at the place that supports dynamic DNS. But then you have to make sure to point back your DNS to your hosting account at the other place. The support you will get on this will not be great cause most likely the company will say hey we offer hosted email, just use ours....
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by:cycledude
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@KGNickl

Thanks for the heads up... I guess a bit more background info may be required.

The server has been installed and in use for years, just not used for OWA.

The domain name exists, again has done for years and the website is hosted on a 3rd party server.

exchange collects the email via pop3 from the 3rd party server.

OWA is setup to work and also the router is setup correctly...  (if I use the current IP address I can access the server no problem, the problem being that the IP changes from time to time...)
 
the issue I have is getting the the

no-ip.org

to communicate with the

server.mydomain.com

(the username/password issue must have been a glitch as it works now!)
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Your best is to keep your domain where it is, but change where the DNS is hosted (such as zoneedit, dyndns,etc...). By doing this you will get the option to point your DNS to an IP address like normal or to the a dynamic host (which would be your OWA server). So will have to figure out what dyndns provider your going with. Sign up and set it up, point for domain nameservers to the dyndns company, completely setup the DNS (for the existing website, the OWA server, etc...), then make sure the dyndns client is setup on the computer or router and updating and you should be good,

You could also, just keep whaty our doing now for free. But its not as professional or seemless looking. ZoneEdit, might do what you want for free (can't remember). I think dyndns charges some fee per year. Or there are so many others. Hopefully this helps you figure out what your client wants to do.
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thanks for the help!
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