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I have recently istalled OS Commerce on an XP machine and all is well. I now want to set -up OS Commerce on a Windows 2000 server (running from home with a broadband connection)and make the site available to the internet.


1. When i register for a domain name will the registrar issue me an IP address to assign to my server?


2. Will i need to configure my DNS server (which sits on the same machine) if so how can i differentiate between the DNS server IP and the host IP which will point to the same machine.


At the momet my host test IP is and my DNS server has assigned itself to (Localhost) will i have to register my DNS IP as well as my host IP.




Thanks in advance for any help

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Whoever is providing you with your broadband connection is giving you an IP address. This needs to be static, or you will need a special (outside) service to maintain the connection. Your service provider also must permit you to run a server. Both of these are sometimes provided for free, but are more usually available as an option at an extra cost.


You will need two DNS servers (primary and backup), and those should never be on the same machine as the website. Your broadband provider probably already has these available for you to use. Your registrar will need to know the address of these two servers, as well as your computer's IP address, for them to point the domain to your address.


The computer that you run your website on must be directly connected to the Internet, not through a router. 10.X.X.X and are non-routable addresses -- they will only work on your local network, not on the Internet.




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Good luck. Most providers strictly forbid you from running servers over their lines. You need to look at your terms of service agreement. Most will also block ports like 80 (http) and 25 (smtp) to keep you from running the servers - there are ways around this though.


DHCP is also the preferred method of IP allocation which rules out any static IP for you. Again, there are ways around this also but things like SSL certs REQUIRE a static IP.

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