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From Cheerful Gao <>
Subject Re: [users@httpd] server full name
Date Tue, 02 Oct 2012 03:23:11 GMT
Hello, Ben;

Thanks for all your advices. I'll try to figure them out one by one and
keep sharing my process with you. Windows 7 home premium does have
FireWall. I can turn it off/on though. I have residential internet service
now, Fi-Optics connection.

Thanks again; You have a nice day.


On Mon, Oct 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM, Ben Johnson <> wrote:

> On 10/1/2012 3:15 PM, Cheerful Gao wrote:
> > *
> > Hello,
> > I want to build a website and host this
> > website using Apache http server on my PC with Windows 7 home premium. I
> > need provide a full server name during the server installaton according
> > to the document. Should this full server name be the same as the website
> > name: <>;
> Yes.
> or should I
> > register the full server name seperately? what is the relation between
> > the website name and the full server name?
> The "website name" is a "domain name", technically. And in most cases,
> if not all, Apache's "ServerName" directive should match the
> fully-qualified domain name (e.g.,
> Before you attempt to host this website on your home PC, I recommend
> familiarizing yourself with the potential pitfalls of such a setup.
> Firstly, If you have residential Internet service, chances are that you
> are assigned a dynamic IP address that changes periodically. If this is
> the case and your home IP address ever changes, your site will be
> unreachable until you update your domain's DNS records to point to the
> new IP address. An untenable setup, for certain.
> The solution is to pay for a static IP address (some ISPs charge as
> little as $1/mo. for this service, and some much more). If you have
> "business class" Internet service, you may already have a static IP
> address. If you're not sure, call your ISP and ask.
> Secondly, if your Windows 7 computer sits behind a firewall (such as
> that included with most cable and DSL routers), you must forward ports
> 80 and 443 to the correct IP address on your internal network (LAN). How
> to do this depends entirely on your networking hardware. And, for the
> port-forwarding rules to remain effective indefinitely, you must also
> configure your router to assign a static IP address to your Windows 7
> computer (by MAC address). You must also permit incoming connections on
> these ports in your Windows Firewall configuration. (Windows 7 Home
> Premium *does* have a Firewall, right?) I believe that the Apache
> installer will modify the Windows Firewall automatically, but I could be
> wrong.
> Finally, don't forget to modify the DNS entries associated with your
> domain so that the appropriate "A-records" (that for the www subdomain,
> at a minimum) point to your home IP address. (For most configurations, a
> quick trip to from the computer on which Apache is
> running will reveal the correct IP address to use in the DNS A-records.)
> > Thanks.
> >
> > Susan
> > *
> You're welcome. And please bear in mind that most of the above is
> completely outside the scope of what is typically provided in the way of
> Apache support. You're delving into some non-trivial networking topics
> that are not Apache-specific.
> Good luck!
> -Ben
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