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Multiple Domain Hosting / DNS

Multiple Domain Hosting / DNS

Multiple Domain Hosting / DNS

(OP)
I obtained static IPs from my ISP and registered a URL with Networksolutions. My ISP will only allow me to host one Domain for all five user assignable IP addresses. I want to host multiple Domains. I believe it is just a matter of them not wanting to make more DNS entries. Unfortuantely my ISP will not make any more DNS entries other than the one domain for all 5 IP addresses. Can I get around this by setting up my own DNS on my web server and then change the entry up at network solutions to point to my name server. Or, does the DNS have to be upstream in order for it to work. Is there any way to make this work. Or, can I just register the new Domains and then list my web server as the DNS (primary and secondary).
I have NT 4 server SP4 with IIS 4.0. I have the multiple hosting figured out on my server but don't know how to get additional URL's pointed down to my server if my ISP wont make DNS entries. Do I need them for DNS service or will it work if it is down on my server?
What can I do?

RE: Multiple Domain Hosting / DNS

Windows NT Server has this ability, you do not need your ISP. You need to setup a DNS server on your computer, or setup another computer through a proxy and give it the new IP.

RE: Multiple Domain Hosting / DNS

(OP)
Thanks for the response!
1) If I set up the DNS server on my computer then do I just register new URLs with Network Solutions and list my DNS Server as the domain server?
2) Do I need to notify someone upstream that I am setting up a DNS Server? Ie; do they (ISP) need to make an entry in their DNS showing that I have a name server? Or does it just automatically come down and look if it can't resolve the name or something (or is that all figured out when the URL is registered with Network Solutions)?
3) Can I set up my ISP as a secondary DNS server?

RE: Multiple Domain Hosting / DNS

BD, yes you are just going to register the domains with your server as the primary (you will need a secondary however).

No, you shouldn't need to notify your upstream unless you are recieveing filtered traffic from them (i.e. dns tcp and udp ports blocked, which I doubt). In the case of it not being able to resolve, thats what the secondary is for and yes thats entered during the internic signup.

You can setup you isp as the secondary but you will need to ask them to do that for you (and I'm pretty sure it won't be free) since it does require a dns that is configured properly or lame delegation can result.

RE: Multiple Domain Hosting / DNS

You know in this case I try and suggest a program called DYNDNS to my clients. Look at DYNDNS.COM for more info. They give you the use of their two dns servers. NS.DYNDNS.COM NS2.DYNDNS.COM this will allow you to not waste a computer on a dns server. I wouldn't use the ISP at all, except for the internet access of course.

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