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    Personal DNS?

    If I register a domain name, is there any program I can get that will allow me to have my own DNS on my computer?

    I am new to domain names, I have never looked into it as much as I should, and I don't have my domain name just yet.

    So I really want to make sure I am doing what I can that will be the best way.

    So really, I am also trying to figure out, if I get a domain name, what hosting requirements am I looking into for the domain name???

    Is there anyone else here that is hosting their own site off their home/bussiness computer, and have a domain name for it that might be able to help me understand a little about it?

    Thank you.

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    I would suggest that you simply use a linux distro running apache webserver and bind.

    as you are new, try using webmin to set things up

    however, this subject is EXTREMELY involved and complex, and hence even if I had the time I could not cover what you want to know here.

    There are many bits of info about this scattered around the net but to be honest, it would be more worth your while to host with someone else. Lots of extra points such as uptime, bandwidth etc. should make that a better choice.

    Oh yeah and if you do decide to try it yourself? DON'T use Windows because you will have lots of trouble - at least, that has been my experience. Anyone hosting on Windows needs their head checking lol but seriously Linux is the way to go for this.

    However to get you started, at its most basic you need to have named (that's the daemon for BIND) and httpd (the Apache daemon) running, and make sure that your server name is set up along with your IP (yes you will need static IPs) addresses and the nameserver names. The files to be altered on most systems are; /etc/hosts; /etc/resolv.conf; and /etc/sysconfig/network. You may have to alter /etc/named.conf as well.

    If all that is above your head, even when you have googled, then forget it for now, and save yourself a lot of headaches

    Good luck!

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    First off,
    I have many of what you said, but I use Windows, and have been hosting quiet well for a long period of time now.

    I am only new to the idea of a DNS and purchasing a domain name.

    I am going to be using godaddy.com for they seem to be very cheap, and from what I have heard, reliable.

    But the problem I face is the DNS, I want to run my site as (for example let's say) this one. Not just using my domain name to forward the address to my current address. (Not a direct forward to a new URL.)

    So in that case, I beleive I need a DNS being hosted either on the same machine or from a paying host.


    Now, before mouse moved my post, I was also requesting if anyone knew of a DNS server I could run off of my computer. I need to know a trusting, well working program to do so.


    Thank you.

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    Hi there,

    Here's a directory of DNS server software for all OS's: http://www.dns.net/dnsrd/servers/

    For the record your thread was moved as I felt it would recieve more of a response in here, I also feel it's more web oriented than PC although I understand the thread would probably be at home in either category.

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    Originally posted by mouse
    Hi there,

    Here's a directory of DNS server software for all OS's: http://www.dns.net/dnsrd/servers/

    For the record your thread was moved as I felt it would recieve more of a response in here, I also feel it's more web oriented than PC although I understand the thread would probably be at home in either category.

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    I will look into this, and see if I can get some information dug up on this bind program..

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    Hi again

    BIND is the named daemon that runs on Linux systems, and handles IP addressing etc.

    On a Windows system, IIS should handle all that, but don't hold your breath! I can't advise exactly how to do it on Windows, but try to use Apache instead of IIS, and also the Apache docs should tell you something about the naming daemon you can use.

    I can see the attractions to you in hosting a site on your own PC, but there are a lot of inherent problems.

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    Originally posted by krycek
    Hi again

    On a Windows system, IIS should handle all that
    Uh no. IIS doesn't handle DNS. If you have windows 2000 server or .net server there should be a DNS applet in the admin tools program group in the start menu.
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    Originally posted by oracleguy
    Uh no. IIS doesn't handle DNS. If you have windows 2000 server or .net server there should be a DNS applet in the admin tools program group in the start menu.
    There you go then - an answer from someone who knows about these things on Windows - thanks oracleguy!

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    BIND works for Windows; I could also get MS DNS which works.

    But I am thinking of forgeting hosting my own DNS, I think I will find a free DNS host.

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    Morgoth if you want like a free redirection thingy I can just set one up off my domain if you want.

    Currently my site on your machine runs off my domain (m5interactive.com) @ http://odyssey.m5interactive.com

    Cleaner than the ip and no ads.
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    It's not just the name I want, instead of the IP... I also want to buy a domain..

    If I buy one for 2 years, I guess I will just use a FREE DNS hosting place... nice and cheap is good for all!

    Wouldn't you say so?

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    I would.
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    For the price of a Chez Piggy meal you could have your DNS hosted for a year...

    and get a cool web-based panel with zones and records to study and change if you wanted.

    Try easyDNS.com - can't go wrong. No it ain't free but almost.


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