Installing IIS on Windows XP Pro

Installing IIS on Windows XP Pro

How to install IIS on Windows XP Pro

If you are running Windows XP Professional on your computer you can install Microsoft’s web server, Internet Information Server 5.1 (IIS) for free from the Windows XP Pro installation CD and configure it to run on your system by following the instructions below: –

 Place the Windows XP Professional CD-Rom into your CD-Rom Drive.
 Open Add/Remove Windows Components’ found in ‘Add/Remove Programs’ in the ‘Control Panel’.
 Place a tick in the check box for ‘Internet Information Services (IIS)’ leaving all the default installation settings intact.
 Once IIS is installed on your machine you can view your home page in a web browser by typing ‘http://localhost’ (you can substitute ‘localhost’ for the name of your computer) into the address bar of your web browser. If you have not placed your web site into the default directory you should now be looking at the IIS documentation.
 If you are not sure of the name of your computer right-click on the ‘My Computer’ icon on your desktop, select ‘Properties’ from the shortcut menu, and click on the ‘Computer Name’ tab.
 Your default web directory to place your web site in is ‘C:\Inetpub\wwwroot’, but if you don’t want to over write the IIS documentation found in this directory you can set up your own virtual directory through the ‘Internet nformation Services’ console.

 The ‘Internet Information Services’ console can be found in the ‘Administration Tools’ in the ‘Control Panel’ under ‘Performance and Maintenance’, if you do not have the control panel in Classic View.
  Double-click on the ‘Internet Information Services’ icon.
  Once the ‘Internet Information Services’ console is open you will see any IIS web services you have running on your machine including the SMTP server and FTP server, if you chose to install them with IIS.
 To add a new virtual directory right click on ‘Default Web Site’ and select ‘New’, followed by ‘Virtual Directory’, from the drop down list.
  Next you will see the ‘Virtual Directory Creation Wizard’ from the first screen click the ‘next’ button.
  On the final part of the wizard you will see a series of boxes, if you are not worried about security then select them all, if you are and want to run ASP scripts then check the first two, followed by the ‘next’ button.
 Once the virtual directory is created you can view the web pages in the folder by typing ‘http://localhost/aliasName’ (where ‘aliasName’ is, place the alias you called the virtual directory) into the address bar of your web browser (you can substitute ‘localhost’ for the name of your computer if you wish).

Setting Up a DNS for IP & Domain Name

 A possible solution:
 Well in order to link your www.yourdomain.com You have to setup the appropriate DNS for your IP and domain name.
 First go to a Free DNS provider ( i recommend www.zoneedit.com) They offer 5 free domains and then each additional is $10.95 US Setup an account.
 Using zoneedit after you created your account with them go to “Add Zone”
 Enter your zone which will be www.yourdomain.com and click add zone
 Then you are directed to a new screen titled “View yourdomain.com”
 Options: IP Addresses, Mail Servers, Web Forwards, Mail Forwards, Web Park, and Name Servers
 There are really only 2 there that are necessary for what you want to do at the moment IP Addresses and Name Servers
 1) Click the IP Addresses Link and enter your static IP Address (ie. 218.240.75.35) click the Add IP address button.
 2) Go back to the “View yourdomain.com” section and write down the Name Servers, you should see something similar to the following.
 ns6.zoneedit.com    208.234.248.200
 ns7.zoneedit.com    69.125.228.92

Now with this information you will have to either contact your registrar to enter it or if you have access to an web interface that allows you to change this information yourself, then it is easy. This is pretty much as far as I can go, if you figure this out it should take 24 – 48 for your DNS to change over and then when you type in www.yourdomain.com it should show your website and make it public on the internet.
Hope this helps

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