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Posted by 142857 [send private reply] at August 26, 2002, 09:17:37 PM

I have my own domain name (went through a registrar) and I want to set up a home server for the domain name. How can I get started? Thanks

Posted by JG16uk [send private reply] at August 26, 2002, 09:34:23 PM


For a simple HTTP server (Windows) and link your domain name to your IP address on port 80,


For a simple FTP server (Windows) and link it to your website via a direct link.

All server require a open port on your firewall and if you don't have a firewall get one!!! and only open ports with stuff running on them. K

Posted by 142857 [send private reply] at August 26, 2002, 09:53:32 PM

Sorry I didn't specify: I've already downloaded Apache (which, I assume, is the same kind of thing as the ones to which you gave me links?) and my problem now is turning it making it point (which will make it a POINTER haha) to a domain name, not just my IP address. What additional information do I need?

Also--what are the benefits to using a (Redhat) Linux server instead of just doing it on Windows 98?


Posted by 142857 [send private reply] at August 26, 2002, 10:03:54 PM

Oh also--how can I use email@mydomain.com when I configure the server at home? thanks

Posted by mop [send private reply] at August 26, 2002, 10:50:47 PM

usually you can set the blah@mydomain.com to just redirect to your existing e-mail through the domain name provider's control panel.

Also, the idea is that you make the domain point to the server, not the other way around. So that should also be in the configuration.

Posted by gian [send private reply] at August 27, 2002, 02:32:13 AM

142857, does your registrar provide name servers? It is unlikely that they do, in which case, you will need to set up a name server somehow (Not something I do a lot).
The virtues of using any GNU/Linux distro are plain and clear when compared with Win98. I can answer your question with another question: How often do you reboot your Win98 machine? Would you be happy visiting a site which crashed every 10 minutes?

Posted by FatalDragon [send private reply] at August 28, 2002, 12:13:42 PM

Plus RH Linux, has firewall built in, and probly comes with Apache.

Posted by mop [send private reply] at August 28, 2002, 08:15:14 PM

yeah, but you'll want to rebuild or upgrade the apache it comes with.

Posted by 142857 [send private reply] at August 28, 2002, 10:18:12 PM

Okay, thank you all. I've communicated with my registrar--I set up a server on my home computer and it's accessible by its IP address (all domain names have IP addresses, right?), but now the domain name has to point to the IP address--but they say it usually takes a few days for the changes to "propagate across the Internet." My only problem now is setting up a server to handle mail, or maybe talking to my registrar, but I haven't really looked enough into the mail issue yet. So thank you for your help! I'm all set.

Posted by 142857 [send private reply] at August 28, 2002, 10:20:13 PM

Oh and I'll probably end up using a Linux server, but I'll want to use an old computer in my house and keep it on all the time, etc., etc....I have some experience in Linux.

Posted by Psion [send private reply] at August 29, 2002, 07:49:52 AM

Your problem is also setting up your machine to handle DNS queries. That's the bare minimum to host a domain.

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