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Windows 7: IIS 7.5 Help and generally helping me complete my first website host

04 Mar 2011   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 
IIS 7.5 Help and generally helping me complete my first website host

Ok, its my first attempt at hosting a website myself. So please don't laugh.

I've purchased a domain through GoDaddy, easy enough. I pointed it to my router's IP address, which is static. That all seemed scarily easy, I can't believe I made it through that process without a fault.

Next I fired up my Windows 7 Ultimate box and installed all the IIS stuff I could.

I then went to my Windows Firewall and created the port 80 inbound exception.

After opening IIS Manager, I deleted the default website and created "My First Website". I wrote a simple HTML file in the C:\inetpub\wwwroot. I went to the ASP settings and set True the Enable Parent Paths flag. Ok so everything seems fine to me so far. I had to change the order of precedence of the defaulting page also to account for the HTML file I wanted to see.

When I created My First Website, I had originally binded the IP address of the computer that I was on to it. This gave me 404's when I typed localhost into my browser, so I binded all available IP's (asterisk) and that worked. Anyways...

So now I can type localhost on the hosting computer and that gives me my test HTML page. OK, well I can't seem to access that test HTML page from another computer my my LAN? How would I go about doing that? I thought I would just type the IP into the web browser?

I have one more problem, I think. I have port 80 forwarded on my router to the IP address of the hosting computer. But I'm not sure if it's working...every time I type in the public (static) IP address of the router, the page doesn't respond. If I disable the port forwarding rule, I get the the administrator login page. So I'm not sure if it's having a problem forwarding port 80 to my hosting computer or if my hosting computer is having problems hosting on port 80. Any advice is help is appreciated.

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04 Mar 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

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04 Mar 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x32
 
 

I can now verify that the test website was visible from the internet, not just my intranet. So that's good news, everything is working. But that still leaves me with the question as to why I had to bind all available IP's to that site (as mentioned in the original post).

Oh well...I think I can start tweaking things and exploring the realms of web hosting. Cheers
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