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Discussion in 'Mac OS X Server, Xserve, and Networking' started by actingbiz1, Apr 16, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    actingbiz1

    #1
    Ok,
    I own a Powermac G5. I use FTP, AFP, intensely.
    My server is set to a static ip, etc.
    But guide to set-up a public website or anything via DNS all require a FQDN (Fully Qualified Domain Name) Does that mean that i have to buy a domain name (www.actingbiz1's-server.com) and then some-how set it up?
    Or can i access all via ip address?
     
  2. macrumors demi-god

    wrldwzrd89

    #2
    You should be able to substitute an IP address for a FQDN (after all, that's what DNS does - translating FQDNs to IP addresses).

    That said, if you have a router I recommend only forwarding essential ports to the server (typically 80, 443 also if you use SSL).
     
  3. macrumors member

    actingbiz1

    #3
    I have all the ports open to the server.
    And I currently have the server firewall active.
    So in all the guides where it says " now change this to mybusiness.com" it mean " now change this to 71.11.111.111"?
     
  4. macrumors demi-god

    wrldwzrd89

    #4
    Yes, that's exactly what you need to do.
     
  5. macrumors member

    actingbiz1

    #5
    Now, what if my house suffers a power outtage while I am away. I have noticed that once my router reconnects to the ISP service servers, it obtains a new public ip address.
    How can I maintain a constant connection in the event of this ip change?
     
  6. macrumors 6502a

    #6
    You'll need to use a dynamic dns service that updates whenever your isp gives u a new ip.

    one such service which i use myself is www.dyndns.com. They have free and paid for options depending on how pretty an address you want.

    In order for the the dns service to know the ip is changed you either need a router that has a built-in dyndns client or you can download one for macos and it'll periodically connect to the dns service and advise it what ip you are running on. I have one such router, for the software versions i'd just google it.

    M.
     
  7. macrumors demi-god

    wrldwzrd89

    #7
    There are several Dynamic DNS services you can use for exactly this situation. They work by installing a small client program on your Mac which tells the service you're using what its public IP address is. You then get a URL to connect to your server - it'll be something like http://yournamehere.dyndns.org/ (replace dyndns.org with the name of the dynamic DNS service you're using). Use this URL, and even if your public IP address changes, the Dynamic DNS will pick it up and reroute you automatically.
     
  8. macrumors member

    actingbiz1

    #8
    Ok, I have verizon fios ACTIONTEC router.
    I believe it has some DynDNS config preferences.
    So all I need is to sign up to DynDNS for example. Then it installs a client side program on the mac then add in the DNS info on the router.
    Then DynDNS gives me a URL that is a static connection.
    How would FTP work, is it
    ftp://givenurl.dyndns.org/
     
  9. macrumors demi-god

    wrldwzrd89

    #9
    Actually, if your router has a built-in DynDNS client, you don't need the one for your Mac. And yes, FTP works just like HTTP or any other protocol, assuming the necessary ports are forwarded to the server (which they should be, in your case).
     
  10. macrumors member

    actingbiz1

    #10
    Ok, I will give all these tips a try over the next day or so and let you know how it turns out.
     

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