building a web server

March 14, 2009 at 19:36:27
Specs: windows 2003
Hi All
i am trying to build a web server from home to publish a web pages i have made.
What i understood so far is i have to install a DC role and DNS role on my server, and do port forwading from my Modem to the server and also from my server to forward DNS to the ISP DNS.

Can any one provide me with more details or if i am wrong to explain a little. i will be really thanksfull.

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March 14, 2009 at 19:52:01
A DC isn't needed. It can run on XP but before you do anything else, be aware that most ISPs don't allow web servers in their TOS, if no one is paying for the extra bandwidth and they may try to block it.

Port forwarding is needed if the machine isn't in the DMZ but either way, you would have to use dyndns, since you don't have a static IP address.

Also, from a security point of view, it's always better not to host a web site anywhere near your private data.

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March 14, 2009 at 20:04:06
I do have a static IP address so i am not using a or a similer services

I have the port forwading active by the ISP and they are aware of my web hosting so there is no problem there. by the way what is DMZ.

if i do not need DC role on the server is there anything needed apart from the DNS role, IIS while i am doing the server.

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March 15, 2009 at 05:16:26
Apache all the way!

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March 15, 2009 at 06:15:00
It sounds like you have all you need. The DMZ puts the server online as if there were no router in front of it. Some people prefer it because it keeps your private network separate from the web server, which is most certainly a target.

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