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What dynamic DNS software to use?

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Hi,

I have a 2012 server (built in VMWare workstation) that I want to run a simple web page with.  Of course, I don't have a static IP to point to so I would like to use Dynamic DNS software to open this server up.  What are some suggestions for this?

Thanks,

Rick
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dyndns.com / no-ip.com are two that come to mind immediately

A review of others is available @ http://www.gnutomorrow.com/best-free-dynamic-dns-services-in-2013/
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I've used dyndns.com for years and have never had a problem.  Be advised, however, that some ISPs will block incoming port 80 traffic so that you can't run a web server from your location.  You should check on that first to make sure you can actually run a server on your connection.  To test,  make sure you have port-forwarded port 80 to your server (in your router) and then go outside your network, use your current IP address, and try to access your server at that address.  You can do that on your smartphone by just turning off wi-fi and then using the cellular system to access your site.
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Thanks for both comments.  I have signed up for no-ip (free) to test it.  I am able to connect it my web site loaded on my home server with no problems.  I was thinking about using my own domain name.  I don't have one yet.  I looked at their other services and they have Plus DNS @$24/yr which includes Custom Domains.  Will this give me what I want or do I need to go to Managed DNS?

All this is very confusing as I am not experienced with this.

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Rick
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That will give you what you want unless you want to go in and be able to edit your own DNS entries for that domain.  If you want to do that, you'll need managed DNS.  That said, you can always upgrade if you need to be able to do that in the future.  I'd suggest the basic one to begin with.
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