> I have posted to this news group and have always got great answers,
> Thanks a bunch.
> I have a new question. I am about to setup a new web server with a
> static IP. I am going to use the cable modem for the connection. The
> cable company will give me an IP. I am going to then register a domain
> name. Now what. Do I need to setup a DNS server on the web server, or
> is there a public DNS server that will keep track of my domain name?
> Does anybody know the answer or of a tutorial that gives a good
> description of how this works?
It depends. If you have 2 or more IP addresses, you can set up your own domain
servers (you need a primary and a secondary). For best security, you want the
primary and secondary to be on separate networks, preferably in different
geographical domains, but I suspect you probably don't have that level of need.
If you have a friend who runs his/her own domains, they may be willing to host
your domain as well, or provide a second
Some domain registars may provide DNS service (for a fee).
If their terms of usage are acceptable, you might want to check out
granitecanyon.com, which proivdes public nameservers.
Many/most ISPs will provide nameserver support, sometimes at a cost, for
clients. You do have to have the ISP set up the reverse lookup tables for your
IP addresses (ie, map IP address into a name) even if you have the forward
lookup server (map name into IP address) done elsewhere. In the two ISP's I've
dealt with, setting up the reverse lookup was free.
In terms of documentation, there is a DNS howto in most of the Linux
distributions. There is also a book published by O'Reily, but I've only used
Michael Meissner, Red Hat, Inc. (GCC group)
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