web setup help

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April 17, 2011 at 18:30:40
Specs: windows server 2003 enterprise edition, 1.2 GHz/ 2 GB
i have set up recently my windows server 2003 enterprise edition server and have a website thats having trouble with its server. i wanted to know if anyone could guide me as to how to set up my website to be on my server instead of being on this other server that my friend has( it uses cpanel). if nobody can help me with that could you please help me set it up as a ftp server for the site. thanks really appreciate it

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April 21, 2011 at 08:23:25
First you need to know if your page is being hosted on Apache or IIS. Lets hope IIS because it is easier to setup on Windows Server.



Then is this a home server or a server used in a company? You really don't want to hang your server outside of the firewall to host a web page because you will invite an attack on your system. If this is a home server and you are just doing it as a hobby then that is another thing.

You could by another license to Server 2003 so that you can create a second box that can be placed in the DMZ without worry of someone hacking it for your corporate data. That would be the way I would go.

Either way you need to place your server outside of your NAT firewall. Most people create what is called a DMZ. It basically two firewalls. One that allows the Internet port through and one that does not. Then you can either setup a port foword on the first Firewall to forward one of your static public IPs to the web servers private IP.

If this is just a home network and you are doing it for a hobby then simply hook a 3 port hub to your Modem. One port would go to your router and firewall and the other would go to your server. Then get a static IP from your ISP and program the NIC on the server with that IP. If you don't have the money for a static IP you could get a semi static IP from places like...


It simply installs an app on your computer that constantly reports you current public IP to there server and registers that IP for that domain name.

If you have a Top Level DNS registration and decided to go with a static IP, do not for get to let them know you new static IP so that they can change the registration.

There are tons of tutorials out there to walk you through doing this. Have you not tried Google yet?


I might have missed something and there is many ways of doing this so I am sure some one will step in with a correction.

F.Y.I. We personally do not host the server at our site. We just host the Database for the web server. Our Database server is on a firewall that is configured only for SQL Server ports and only accepts requests from the IP of our web server. Then we setup the pages to be loaded from the database instead of being stored on the website. This way if we want to push a change to our web site, we simply update the page on our database server and the next time the page is loaded it gets our changes. Makes it harder to hack.

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