Setting up Windows 2003 to host a web site

September 6, 2010 at 14:57:37
Specs: Windows Server 2003

I have a single VPS that I want to use to host a web site. I've set it all up and it looks to be working fine. If I go directly to the IP address (e.g. http://123.456.789.111) everything looks fine and the site is up. I've changed the name servers over to point to this IP address but nothing appears to be happening.

If I attempt to ping the domain name (i.e. ping it doesn't even get to the stage where it resolves it to an IP address. I just get an error saying ping request could not find host.

Is there something I'm missing on the server end? Are there any services that I should have running or ports that aren't open that would explain what's happening? I'm relatively savvy from a development perspective but will admit that I'm no web hosting guru.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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September 7, 2010 at 09:11:11
I am guessing that your router is not forwarding port 80 to the internal address 123.456.789.111.

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September 14, 2010 at 06:00:30
hey guys, good chatch with the port 80....

However, here is something else you need to consider...
Some service providers block incoming port 80 when you are using a personal internet account? as oppose to a business account. Can this be the case? if so, you can purchase a service (Dyndns) to forward to another port IE: 8080 and in your router, you can usually convert the port to internal port 80 so your server responds to the request...
Maybe this has already been resolved but I figured I would put it out there as I had an issue like this the first time I setup a pc/server as a kid...

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