Monday, August 11, 2008

Windows Home Server and blog self-hosting

I recently setup one of my old machines using Windows Home Server and thought it would be nice to run my blog on it instead of GoDaddy.  The obvious approach was to use the terrific Whiist add-in and that's exactly what I did at first.

I encountered the first problem when setting up the web site because my site had to be a subsite under the main site.  I didn't really want my site to be found at xxxx.homeserver.com/reggie so I started playing with domain forwarding and masking at GoDaddy.  With the help of their fine support I managed to get www.reggieburnett.com redirected to my sub-web but none of the sub-links worked (photos, archives, etc).  Plus I didn't really like the CNAME redirect.

So this morning I set out to fix that and fix it I did.  Here's what I did:

  1. Removed forwarding of my site at GoDaddy
  2. Signed up for the free trial at www.zoneedit.com.  You get free dynamic DNS support for up to 5 sites and 200 MB of DNS traffic (apparently that is *ALOT*)
  3. I was already using the excellent dd-wrt firmware on my Linksys router so I just needed to tell it to update zoneedit when my IP changes (and give it my hostname and credentials)
  4. Then I disabled my site using the Whiist add-in
  5. And finally redirected the default site under IIS properties to point to my blog folder.  The /home and /remote subwebs are still there and point to the correct place.

Now you can go to www.reggieburnett.com and land on my self-hosted blog and I can also reach the WHS goodies through subweb URLs.

**EDIT** looks like my home link is broken but I can fix that with some web.config hacking.  No time right now though.  :)

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    Windows Home Server was released to manufacturing on 16 July 2007 and officially released on 7 November 2007. Power Pack 1 for Windows Home Server was released 20 July 2008 and Power Pack 2 was released 24 March 2009.

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  42. With Windows Home Server, you can back up all of your family's PCs automatically. Plus you can connect, organize, and share your photos, videos, music, and other files with friends and family. Try it all for free (this time-limited trial release will expire 120 days after installation).

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