Server 2003 Question(s)

Microsoft Windows 2003 server - 5 users
September 5, 2010 at 23:26:10
Specs: Windows 2003 Server, 1ghz P-III/1gb Ram
Hello,

I am fairly new to the whole server area. I want to use my server to host my website, and maybe some games. My main focus right now is the website side.

I really need to know more info about the DNS setup, how to properly use it, how i impliment into my server, how i get my server to use the website i have stored on it.

Can i make my own DNS server, so that when someone querys my site, it just auto directs to my server, or must i buy a domain name, then set up forwarding.. or what do I do? im fairly lost. I have already been to dnspark.com (and i suppose i have a domain there, it says its dormant) and i went to zoneedit.com to get (what i think) is the right nameserver & routing info programmed; and i think i have my server pointing in the right direction, but not sure - nothing is working.

Nothing fancy - no e-mail forwarding or anything like that, just people to access my site, possibly download some files, but thats it; no videos, no music - just plain web hosting.

Any help would be greatly appreciated; and plz remember i am a greenhorn when it comes to the whole server-side of windows.


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#1
September 6, 2010 at 06:14:48
There are several considerations to keep in mind before you do anything.

Where are you going to physically have your server? If hosted at a colocation site then that's good. It will have all the protection a proper server room can provide. Which is to say, air conditioning, UPS etc.

If you're planning on hosting it at home, well, you'll want to invest in a UPS for sure and I hope you don't live anywhere too hot and if you do, that you have A/C.

Also, if you're hosting it from home, you're going to want to get a "business class" static IP internet package. This is more expensive than a typical "home class" internet package.

As to running a game server and a web server on the same box. Forget that idea. It's one or the other. If you try to do both, they'll slow each other down so much nobody will want to play on your server or try to surf your web site. I know this because some friends and I chipped in and bought our own gaming server. We have it hosted at a colocation site which provides all the things I mentioned above including several static IP address and guaranteed 1.5 Mbps bandwidth. We also have a website which we have hosted by a company that does this for a living. If I'm not mistaken, that's in California somewhere. Our game server is located at a colocation site in Michigan. I would never try to run both on the same box, especially if you're going to run multiple game instances.

Can i make my own DNS server, so that when someone querys my site, it just auto directs to my server, or must i buy a domain name, then set up forwarding.. or what do I do?

As far as the website goes, you'll have to register the domain name. This gets your domain put in the big internet DNS servers so outsiders can find your website. You need to nothing more.

im fairly lost.

I noticed, and if you don't mind an honest criticism, you should stop what you're doing now and look at hiring a professional. No matter whether you host your server at home or elsewhere, you still need to protect it from intrusion and I'd bet cash money you have no idea how to do that.

There are a lot of considerations involved in what you want to do. You don't just plug a computer in to the internet and turn it on. Hiring a qualified professional to help you get setup would likely save you a lot of grief and hassle in the long run.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#2
September 6, 2010 at 11:47:38
Well this more or less is a testing run - as far as intrusions go; i'd love to see them try. I did comment i wasn't server savvy - doesnt mean im not pc savvy.

But say i register a domain name; how to i get things set up with my server so that it is directed from the domain name and vice versa-these are the main things i need to know

-Thanks


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#3
September 7, 2010 at 19:54:00
"as far as intrusions go; i'd love to see them try"

amazing statement. seems the computing world is about 5 years [that is 5x12 times behind in the real world] behind the times concerning internet security. Its a very different ballpark now. As it is now, you wouldn't even know you were dead. They would already be gone with no trace.

Rekliss, DNS is handled by internet providers. You need to work with one to have the proper dns entries. Whether its dyndns.com or whatever you need to work with something beyond your local network to direct traffic to your network.

I would suggest you don't do any personal computing on the network you are using for web hosting until you understand security.

And even that is no guarantee. We use DMZ zones to detect the hackers before they can get to our lan stuff. It is a constant struggle.


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#4
September 10, 2010 at 14:30:38
i tried dyndns.com - set up a domain, but i need a step-by-step manual or visual aid in how to set up everything to point to my network and vice-versa. All i seem to be getting is responses telling me i need to get a dns service - this is the obvious part; and i was never asking for lectures on security - i get burned, i get burned right?

Help would be appreciated.


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#5
September 12, 2010 at 05:54:16
You know, I love a person who comes in here asking for help and then mouths off to those trying to help him.

and i was never asking for lectures on security - i get burned, i get burned right?

You're an idiot and you will get "burnt" with your attitude. Explain to me how you're going to run a web server if it keeps getting hacked and shut down on you? At some point you're going to have to learn about securing your server if you want it out on the internet...........we're trying to tell you it's smarter to learn beforehand than it is to try to learn as you go.

Around the 3'd or 4'th time you find yourself hacked and offline and you're pulling your hair out and cursing, you'll remember we advised you to spend some time learning basic security before you try to bring a server online. So here's my "told you so" in advance.

i tried dyndns.com - set up a domain, but i need a step-by-step manual or visual aid in how to set up everything to point to my network and vice-versa. All i seem to be getting is responses telling me i need to get a dns service - this is the obvious part;

This tells me you know nothing about managing/maintaining a server so I have to wonder what on God's green earth makes you think you can?

Do you let a person who has no idea how to drive a car jump in the drivers seat and take control without any lessons or knowledge behind them..........no.........not if you have one working brain cell in your head you don't. Yet here's you trying to bring up a web server and you don't even know the basics of setting one up.

Here's some solid advice for you, and the last thing I'll ever say to you...........take a course on setting up, securing, and administering a server before you attempt to do so.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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