This article describes how to configure your Domain Name
System (DNS) server to host an externally accessible Web site (that is,
accessible from the Internet).
How to Obtain an IP Address
To host an externally accessible Web site, you must obtain a
public IP address from your Internet service provider (ISP). Assign this IP
address to the external interface of the firewall or router to which your DNS
server is connected.
For additional information
about how to assign an IP address to a network adapter, click the following
article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How To Change the IP Address of a Network Adapter in Windows Server 2003
For additional information about how
to configure a DNS server for Internet access, click the following article
number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How To Configure DNS for Internet Access in Windows Server 2003
How to Register a Domain Name
Register a parent or second-level DNS domain name for your
organization with an Internet domain name registration authority (such
authorities are known as registrars). For a list of world-wide accredited
registrars, visit the following Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and
Numbers (ICANN) Web site:
Although the registration process may vary among registrars,
follow these steps to register your domain name:
- Perform a search to verify that the name that you want to
register is available.
- Provide contact and billing information (including an
e-mail address) for the account.
- Type the fully qualified domain names (FQDNs) of your
primary and secondary DNS servers.
NOTE: These are the public IP addresses that you obtained from your
- Pay, or arrange for the payment of, an annual
provides third-party contact information to help you find technical support.
This contact information may change without notice. Microsoft does not
guarantee the accuracy of this third-party contact
How to Configure the Web Server
Install and configure Microsoft Internet Information Services
(IIS) if it is not already installed.
How to Create a DNS Entry for the Web Server
Create an alias or CNAME record for the DNS server on which you
configured IIS. This step makes sure that external host computers can connect
to your Web server by using the "www" host name. To do this, follow these
- Open the DNS snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.
- Under DNS, expand Host name
(where Host name is the host name of the DNS
- Expand Forward Lookup Zones.
- Under Forward Lookup Zones, right-click the zone that you want (for example, domain_name.com), and then click New Alias (CNAME).
- In the Alias name box, type
- In the Fully qualified name for target
host box, type the fully qualified host name of the DNS server on
which IIS is installed. For example, type
dns.domain_name.com, and then
For additional information about how
to create a DNS record, click the following article number to view the article
in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
How To Create a New Zone on a DNS Server in Windows Server 2003
How To Publish Domain Name System Servers by Using Internet Security and Acceleration Server
How To Securely Publish Multiple Web Sites by Using ISA Server in Microsoft Server 2003
Article ID: 324260 - Last Review: December 3, 2007 - Revision: 8.6
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