Solved Domain name registrar / home web server

Microsoft Windows server 2003 r2 standar...
June 5, 2011 at 23:27:04
Specs: Windows server 2003
Hello all,

I have purchased a domain name through a registrar (enom central)
I currently have a hyper v lab set up at home with a domain controller/dns server
and am thinking of starting a web server on either Apache or IIS on a
different virtual machine.

My question is this: What do I do I have to do at my domain name registrar? I'm assuming
I have to point a type of dns record to my home server's public IP and maybe vice versa. I want to be able to host a web site from home with the domain name i purchased.

I have a static IP at home. Do I have to create some DNS records pointing from my
domain name registrar to my server at home using my PUBLIC ip address?

If possible please provide specifics on which records I should point to my home server
PUBLIC ip address and if any DNS changes need to be made within my domain. Also if
any records on my home domain (windows ad domain setup)

I seem to be able to find a lot of info on Apache and IIS but not a whole lot of info
on how your web domain name registrar relates to your own web server . I'm not really
interested on IIS or Apache specifics but more interested in the fundamentals of how
a domain name registrar (GoDaddy, or any other registrar/host) needs to be pointed to your
web server and vice versa.

I know a lot of people on forums tend to point to links or tell me to go to google but
I find it hard to learn that way. If anyone has the time to give me some insight that is much appreciated!

Sorry if this seems kind of specifc its just im really eager to learn and any help would
be great.

Thank you so much in advance.

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June 5, 2011 at 23:40:42
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Just create an "A" record pointing to the IP address of your web server. If this is not your public IP address then you need to forward Port 80 to your web server's private address and have the "A" record point to your router's public IP address.

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June 6, 2011 at 02:14:53
This scenario presumes, that dunkindan is running his own public DNS server.

If not running own public DNS server, the ISP has to create an A record, pointing the domain name to your static public IP address.

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June 6, 2011 at 05:02:00
I'm not assuming anything. This is basic stuff.

When you register a domain the hosting company (registrar) gives you access to the DNS records for that domain on their server. At least that's what happens in the UK.

The ISP is irrelevant - they don't host the DNS zone for your domain. They would be unable to create the necessary DNS records.

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June 13, 2011 at 08:59:48
Thank you very much. I was able to create an A, @ and * record at my hosting registrar and opened up port 80 on my router and pointed it towards my Local IP address of my web server.


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