ispconfig server behind windows vista pc

Discussion in 'Installation/Configuration' started by dimas, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. dimas

    dimas Member

    I wonder if it's possible.

    Let's say I have a windows vista pc with a fast internet connection that uses dhcp server of the ISP (ip address always stays the same). This vista pc has a second network card (with ip that connects to a switch. There are several other computers that are connected to this switch and utilize the windows vista pc's internet connection (using internet connection sharing).

    Well, when I tried to connect to the switch an ispconfig server (debian etch made according to the 'perfect setup'), I found out that I it doesn't work. Well, it displays a page only if I enter in browser it's internal IP ( If I enter the external IP of the windows vista PC, I get nothing (cannot display the webpage). Of course I activated all the set of rules on the windows vista pc (manage network connections --> my internet connection --> properties --> sharing --> settings (select services running on your network that Internet users can access)) - where I put down all the ports and the ip of the networks'c computer ( - the ispconfig server)

    I disabled windows firewall during the testing.

    But, as I said, it doesn't work.

    I wonder if the layout is impossible in principle, or is there some other way to make it work?
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2007
  2. till

    till Super Moderator Staff Member ISPConfig Developer

    A vista PC is a really bad choice as a network router. You should consider to buy a normal router and dont use the vista PC for this. This will be easier to handle, work out of the box and is more secure.
  3. dimas

    dimas Member

    Thank you, I'll do it, I understand that it's better in the long run.

    I was only wondering if the layout with a vista pc is possible in principle.

    By the way, for those who are interested - I've found a way for correct port forwarding that works on vista - it's a tiny freeware program called autapf. "out of the box" it correctly forwards all tcp connections (somehow I get errors on udp but I guess it can be fixed). Also there should be a lot of other similar programs

    But I'll get a router anyway.

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