This article describes how to configure your Domain Name System (DNS) server to host an externally accessible (that is, accessible from the Internet) Web site.
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 article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
308199 For additional information about configuring a DNS server for Internet access, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
HOW TO: Change the IP Address of a Network Adapter
HOW TO: Configure DNS for Internet Access
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). A list of worldwide accredited registrars is available at the following Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) Web site:Microsoft 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 information.
Although the registration process may vary among registrars, you must 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 ISP.
- Pay, or arrange for the payment of, a yearly fee.
How to Configure the Web Server
Install and configure Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) if it is not already installed. For additional information about how to install and configure IIS, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
HOW TO: Configure Windows 2000 as a Web Server
HOW TO: Use Host Header Names to Configure Multiple Web Sites on a Single IP Address
308160 For additional information about how to publish a Web server behind a firewall, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
HOW TO: Configure Internet Information Services Web Authentication
HOW TO: Configure the Web Publishing Service to Work with Internet Security and Acceleration Server
HOW TO: Publish a Web Server on a Perimeter Network
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 ensures that external host computers can connect to your Web server by using the "www" host name. To do this:
For additional information about how to create a DNS record, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
- Start the DNS snap-in. To do this, click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click DNS.
- Under DNS, expand Host name (where Host name is the host name of the DNS server).
- 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.
- In the Alias name box, type www.
- 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 click OK.
HOW TO: Create a New Zone on a DNS Server