How can I setup a website with Server 2008?

Microsoft Windows server 2008 standard -...
December 17, 2010 at 18:26:37
Specs: Windows Server 2008, Pentium 4/1256MB DDR1
I have a website up under a subdomain and I have converted an old pc to accommodate the bandwidth, etc. However, no matter what I try I cannot even access the index page from another computer. Please Help!

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#1
December 18, 2010 at 01:19:03
Do you have a firewall on the computer? If so, have you opened up port 80?

What exactly is the error that you get when trying to access the index page?


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#2
December 20, 2010 at 13:04:39
I have a firewall on my computer and on our FiOS Modem/Router. I will add the exception into both of them and see what happens... also, I am able to access it from the server by "localhost" and "IP Address" but unable to access it via the URL.

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#3
December 20, 2010 at 13:07:48
Do I need to setup DNS? When I was setting up Domain Services I experienced several errors but was able to complete it "successfully".

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#4
December 20, 2010 at 13:18:27
I have attempted and failed to setup apache so right now I will stick with IIS or with any suggestions given

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#5
December 20, 2010 at 13:21:12
If you want to access it via URL you will need a DNS listing for it somewhere. "localhost" works because it's built into the "hosts" file and using the numeric IP you don't need DNS. The firewall that I mentioned is that on the computer running IIS; it will need to allow incoming connections on port 80. If you want the server to be accessible from the outside world you will need to open port 80, for incoming connections, on the router. You will also need to forward port 80 to the computer hosting IIS (I'm assuming that you only have one external IP address - that of the router). But best to set it up and get it working internally before letting the outside world in.

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#6
December 20, 2010 at 17:55:03
well then how can I get this registered in a DNS service? will the one installed on my server work, or will i have to contact google and get me registered...

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#7
December 21, 2010 at 02:28:37
That very much depends upon your network setup. For internal access the DNS server on your server will do the job. But for external access (assuming that you have a single IP address assigned by your ISP) you will either have to use the name that your ISP assigns you, or use Dynamic DNS (Google it) to get a more meaningful name. If you want a unique domain of your own then you're going to have to purchase that from some domain provider.

Google can't help, other than letting you search for companies that can sell you what you want.


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