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Web server set-up

Discussion in 'Firewalls and Networks' started by Volty, Sep 23, 2004.

  1. DJNafey

    DJNafey UK site moderator

    http://servername won't work - how will "the Internet" know exactly which computer it should be looking for just based on the name? I bet there's thousands of servers in the world called "Server" for example.

    http://ipnumber could work but only if it's an external IP address. If it's an internal IP address such as or, then that's only relevant to your LAN and Internet traffic won't see your server using that address.
  2. DJNafey

    DJNafey UK site moderator

  3. BigT

    BigT Techie7 New Member

    OK if you're accessing it over the internet from home then its slightly different.

    You say you've got on your router port 80 forwarded to the server's internal IP number.

    From outside your network you cannot type http://servername. You can type http://ipnumber but it has to be the router's public IP address and not the IP address of the Windows 2000 server on the network. The easiest way I can think of you to find out your public IP address is the next time you're in work run a web browser on the Windows 200 server and go to http://www.whatsmyip.org/ At the very top of the page in big greyletters will be your public IP address. Now the next time you go home put that in your browser. Putting that public IP address into the browser of any machine on the internal network (including the server itself) will not show you the web site. It is internalIP used inside the network and public IP from outside.

    If you get that sorted then we can move onto domain names.
  4. C0oLl2iCeF0o

    C0oLl2iCeF0o Techie7 New Member

  5. Volty

    Volty Techie7 New Member

    OK....went to whatismyip - wrote down the number
    Came home, popped it in......Gateway Timeout

  6. DJNafey

    DJNafey UK site moderator

    Can you send a PM to me and BigT with the IP address (I wouldn't recommend posting it in a public forum) so that we can try it and maybe get some inspiration from seeing the problem on our own screen? We're both in meetings all day Tuesday and Wednesday so it might take a little while to get back to you. Thanks :)
  7. Volty

    Volty Techie7 New Member

    BigT replied saying that the IP number gives him a Forbidden message which is a good sign - the IP number sounds correct - I just now have to tweak a setting in IIS to make sure proper access is granted to outside users. Either that or the Router is configured to prevent outside access. IF I can sort that we may be in business!

    thanks again for your help

  8. DJNafey

    DJNafey UK site moderator

    Hi Volty - sorry I didn't get back to you but I had a busy end to last week and I've been up in London doing an exhibition all this week. I was going to tell you the same thing - I also got a 'Forbidden' message. I'll attach the screen grab if I can .........

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