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I have a server and application that needs to be provided to our users from the outside world via web browser. We currently do not have a external DNS being hosted. I figured using something like GoDaddy would be good? I'm new to the DNS and web hosting world.

If my server is test.server.com.
And for example let's say my information is as so:

Server IP: 192.168.0.1
Public IP 1.1.1.1
Internal DNS server used for active directory and computers on a SBS 2010 server with the IP address of: 192.168.0.254


What steps are needed to allow the public outside world access this application being hosted on the server?
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Some of that depends on the applications being hosted, ports being used, if a certificate or certificates are needed.

Also, unless your domain has yet to be registered, the DNS for it is already hosted somewhere, possibly your ISP. I would look into that and discuss adding a record with your hosting company (if any yet).

Your firewall will need to redirect the appropriate traffic to your server based on IP port(s) and/or IP (the latter if you have more than one IP on the firewall, with one designated for this application/server/service).

Your SBS DNS should play little role in this except maybe for the firewall if it can link to AD's DNS for resolving the server's hostname, but most simply use the static IP of the server on the private LAN.

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by:Pancake_Effect
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We use to have our webmail hosted, but then we were merged with another company and now we use their e-mail. I believe that was hosted on directnic.com.

But other than that we haven't hosted anything else, and that account has been expired and I personally don't have the credentials to login, as that was before my time.

The application is used we are installing is used as a portal to enter and view information that's related to our business, it uses port 443 and port 22.

We have a Cisco 5510 ASA firewall.

Should I just start a new account somewhere and have it redirect to my public IP? What should I do from there?

I'm not really a web/server guy as you can tell. I'm a desktop support/more of a networking type.

(I feel a bit ashamed saying this) But the most web hosting type stuff I've done is hosting a minecraft IP on my home server, which I hosted the name on godaddy, then I had my router port forward to the server.

Is that the same concept?

I know a minecraft server is a little different then a large multi-user business application lol.
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You are working the same concept. With SSL, you will want to use a certificate using the public static IP.

First find out where your public domain is hosted. Work with that hosting company to determine the method for establishing host records for your public service. I would also check with your application's vendor regarding any requirements in this regard.

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Thanks!
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