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Old 25th August 2006, 02:22
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Default ISP_CONFIG configuration and LAN IP/STATIC IP configuration

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IP config

I am getting really really confused reading all the forums and replies that people have put in. I am basically a windows user, but seeing that the Linux community is doing so great, i just had to try it. And now, i am loving it. The only drawback is, it's just a bit dauting to get things working. So i am in desparate need of some professional advice.

My configuration details:

Basically this is a home server behind an ADSL connected router with a static IP
OS: CentOS 4.3
Followed howtoforge.com perfect setup for CentOS4.3 64 bit
Isp_Config installed
Initially could not access https://webhostingfx.anaconda.com:81/
My IP address to the network card is (No DHCP)
My WAN IP is 2xx.xxx.xxx.xxx

I have gone through like 10 pages of the forums that i used to look for the answers, from that i could get access to https://webhostingfx.anaconda.com:81/. Thank you all for the same. But I have some questions that i need to ask and get help from you guys.

Now the questions:

1. What IP goes where?
I have read the forums but the more i read the more i get confused. During the installation of my CentOS, i have put in my LAN IP for the network address and in the DNS under Networks i have webhostingfx.anaconda.com which has also got my LAN IP address. I would be able to post my /etc/hosts file but I am at work right now so cannot do that. I would gladly do that once I get home. Also, does the static IP go anywhere? I just cannot figure out how is the server going to get resolved externally if i don't use the static IP anywhere. I think this question is the main one, if i can figure this out then probably everything will be just fine.

2. Does webhostingfx.anaconda.com need to be a registered domain name. I don't understand that. If yes, i already have a .com and .com.au domain names. Can i use that instead? Or can i use any name i prefer for my domains? Also, if i use a registed domain name, do i need to change anything on the DNS records from whom i have registered my domain names? Sorry to be lame, but yeah, i seriously need to learn all this.

3. My POP3 service is not working as shown under Isp_Config_Server, can you please provide a link so that i can get that working, though this is not much of an issue. I like to take one step at a time and firstly figure out the web side of things.

4. How long does it take for DNS changes to go through. What are other things that are not under my control and i just have to wait for it to go through?

5. Recently i had made some changes to my host file, something like this, webhostingfx.anaconda.com webhostingfx
was changed to webhostingfx.anaconda.com webhostingfx

and i started getting no virtual hosts (don't remember the complete error) when booting CentOS.
What is the correct entry that has to go through in this, i believe that it should be webhostingfx.anaconda.com webhostingfx, but i don't know if i am right. Please guide.

6. The router is configured for port forwarding for ports 81 and 80. All other ports are blocked. I can open up ports for imap, pop3 etc later on. As long as i can get the web working. Also the router has DMZ settings, i don't know what that is, but i have forwarded that as well. Now by forwarding does it mean that enter the port number to the LAN IP to which the server is installed? If yes, then it would mean that i need to forward ports 81 and 80 to I hope this is correct.

Lastly but not the least. Firstly what do i put into the name server? I have ns1.webhostingfx.anaconda.com and ns2.webhostingfx.anaconda.com. I understand the these should be put into a registered domain name, for example, if i had a .com domain name then the primary and secondry name servers should point to ns1.webhosting.... and ns2.webhosting...
How do i configure DNS records for websites that i create on Isp_Config. I read on a thread that i would have to do that manually. But i don't understand what i need to put in there.

Thank you all for a wonderful product and for the help. It is much appreciated. If there is anything else that I should include in here, i would be more than happy to, only thing is, i might have to get back home to do that, which would be in another 7 hours time.

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