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From Tom Evans <tevans...@googlemail.com>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] Network domain
Date Fri, 12 Nov 2010 17:15:35 GMT
On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 5:02 PM, Cheer Jiao <cheerjiao@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I am trying to install Apache 2.2.17 server in to my own Laptop PC. I was
> asked to enter the network domain. However, the default network domail was
> already set as westell.com and my server's full DNS name was also set the
> default as myhome.westell.com, which is my PC's current DNS suffix search
> list. I am using internet service providedt by Cincinnati Zoomtown. My
> Router is Westell VersaLink Model327W. I am wondering if I should use the
> default or I should chose my server's DNS name that I prefer and will
> register it myself.
>
> I went through the doc for installation on windows and also web hosting. I
> am still wondering what I should do?
>
> Any advice will be deeply appreciated.
>
> Susan
>

The server name you choose should be resolvable. Eg, when you type
'http://myhome.westell.com' into the address bar in your browser, your
computer (and any other computers you want to be able to access the
server) must be able to turn that address into an IP address.

SOHO routers often push domain suffixes that aren't actually correct
from a DNS point of view. For instance, if I try to look up
myhome.westell.com, I get told that it doesn't exist. However, it may
be valid inside your own network, in which case you can use it just
fine as long you don't want external users to access it.

In windows, you can test if a name is resolvable from your computer by
opening a command shell (Start -> Run -> cmd), and trying to ping the
host (ping myhome.westell.com).

Cheers

Tom

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