Virtual Hosting: How do I set this up?
I'm having trouble understanding this whole virtual hosting process (I know, I know, I'm not the first and I appreciate you guys being so helpful and patient with us newbs). I just want to do straight up webhosting for just a couple of sites.
I've already set up my server using ubuntu 5.10 breezy following the HowTo instructions and ISPConfig. Everything appears to be running properly (although I don't know how to test the email system, I was able to log into the ftp and can get a "shared ip" webpage by URLing 192.168.x.x), and ISPConfig is available to my internal network computers and it's accessible from a browser on the internet using https.
Now, I've set up two websites using ISPConfig. Even though I only have one IP address, I understand that they can both be accessible to the Internet using their domain names using virtual hosting. The settings I have are this:
My domain name provider settings:
currently mydomain1.com and mydomain2.com are set to forward to my ip address
http://24.7.x.x. (I've read your previous postings that I should turn the
forwarding off, but until I get this Linux box set up properly I need to have the domains available for the live site I already have running on my Windows XP box at this address)
godaddy nameservers for both domain names are still set to their default nameservers:
they also have a DNS control panel that allows me to change the A host, CNAMES, and MX servers (but I don't change any of that stuff to do what I'm trying to do, right?)
For my router:
I have the http, smtp, ftp, etc forwarding set to point to my 192.168.x.x linux box. The router is set to automatically get it's DNS addresses from my ISP.
Server is named "ubuntu" (hostname, right? the domain is computername.com, so this computer would be located on my internal network at ubuntu.computername.com, right?)
I set up the two websites, each using these settings under ISP Manager:
IP Address: 192.168.x.x
Create DNS: Checked
Create DNS-MX: Checked
Under DNS Manager:
Server: Server 1
Domain (SOA): mydomain.com
IP Address: should this be 192.168.x.x or my external ip 24.7.x.x? From the previous posts I've seen, it sounds as if it should be 24.7.x.x.
Admin Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nameserver 1: ubuntu.computername.com
Nameserver 2: ubuntu.computername.com
A Record: IP Address 192.168.x.x, Hostname www
CNAME: nothing entered here
MX: Mailserver domain.com, Hostname www
Which of these settings do I need to change in order for the domain name-based hosting to work? I feel like I'm really close to success here because I can occasionally get the ISPConfig webpages to come up when I'm just messing around with the settings, but I obviously need help here.
Do the DNS records for mydomain.com at godaddy point to your router's public IP address? If so, did you forward port 80 from your router to your ISPconfig box?
By "the DNS records for mydomain.com at godaddy" are you referring to the "A records"? It currently does not point to my public IP address for one of the sites, it points to what I presume is their own nameserver (126.96.36.199). I can easily make it do so. The other site does have it pointing toward my public address. And forwarding port 80 to the ISPConfig box is no problem.
So basically you're saying that if I have a company managing my domains (like godaddy) that I should just:
1. Change their A record to point to my public IP address.
2. Make sure my router is pointing port 80 toward my ISPConfig box
3. Don't create DNS records for my sites in ISPConfig
4. Don't do "domain forwarding" from godaddy for my domains
falko, I just wanted to report back that last night I finally got everything squared away and working...thanks for the help. Settings have to be just as you said.
The only other thing was that I apparently didn't have Bind running on the Linux/ISPConfig box. My domains weren't accessible until I turned Bind on. That was the only other thing I did that, it appears, made things work.
Again, thanks. I'm good now.
Can you give me a hint on how to change the A record on Godaddy seems like I am in the same spot?
GoDaddy has a web interface where you can manage DNS records.
I know ( -:
Just it was not clear how to get there.
You need to first park your domains, wait and then you can enter the more advance area of the domain
By the way, I used you ISPCONFIG and Godaddy and got somewhere. Not totally there but almost ( -:
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