** Reply to note from [EMAIL PROTECTED] 18 Jul 2001 14:24:27 -0000

Hello, Chris:
> I currently run a unix web server from a company in the UK, i'm
> getting a cable modem soonish and was wondering if I can run a
> server from home rather than hiring one as I am now? If so what
> will I need? I have Windows 2000 with php, mysql, mssql etc .....
> and redhat linux 6.2 with the same - would it be possible to set
> it up from home bearing in mind my website will be the only site
> hosted on it? 

As David mentioned, xDSL is better suited for home server use, as many
(most?) cable connections are severely limited WRT outbound/upstream
bandwidth.  Around here, cable providers specifically prohibit having
a server on their system, and will monitor your connection to ensure
compliance with this prohibition.

Another problem is the domain name thing: buying one is easy; finding
an ISP that will set their DNS to point to your box at home is

Also, most cable service for home use does not offer a static IP
(sometimes you can get a static IP for an additional fee), but rather
PPPoE, PPPoA, or DHCP, all of which can be problematic to DNS to
handle and keep updated -- I know, I ran a home server (via DHCP and
DSL) for over a year; fortunately, my ISP's DHCP server would
consistenly reissue the _same_ IP at lease renewal time (every three
hours), for many months at a time, but this certainly wasn't
guaranteed, and was a suitable situation only for a hobby server where
uptime wasn't important.

I currently use a free DNS redirector (http://www.fdns.net) to avoid
having to involve my ISP WRT domain name redirection.  There are
several companies that offer this service
http://www.dhs.org/, http://www.granitecanyon.com/,
http://www.ulimit.com/en/, http://www.no-ip.com/, etc.).  They all
appear to work the same way: your domain becomes a third-tier
tag-along domain. It's very cheap, and for me has worked quite well
(using fdns.net) for almost two years, with only three short outtages.
There are compromises, of course, but essentially you sign up with
them (no cost), choose a third level domain name, tell them your
server's IP, and that's it.  If your server's IP changes, you log in
to the redirector's site and update their DNS via a web form.  Some
redirectors offer a way for this latter process to happen somewhat
automatically -- I haven't investigated this, as I've got the
extra-cost static IP route now.

And I really wouldn't recommend W2k as an internet server . . . it's
the target platform of too many hackers.  But that's just my (*very*
biased) opinion :)

Al S.

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