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Okay, I got the latest Red Hat, and I put up apache and everything. It works very good on my LAN, however I want to serve files over the www and not just internally. How do I configure the server to be open for everyone and publish it on the net via apache that means (from the apache www directory)?
I have a linksys router connected to my cable modem, and my computers connect to the linksys. If I open a web browser and type 192.168.1.1, it takes me to my router's configuration application. 192.168.1.1 is the LAN IP the router gives itself , and it then assigns my two computers the IPs 192.168.1.100 and 192.168.1.101. The actual IP from your internet provider is assigned by the modem and given to the router. It will not start with 192.xxx.xxx.xxx. These are typically LAN IPs, assigned, as I said, by the router. So, the router takes on the IP given by your provider, and re-assigns the LAN IPs to the computers.
So, once I'm in my router's config app, There is a tab labeled "forwarding." In this tab, you can specify port ranges (for http you only need port 80) and then assign all requests in that range to any one of the LAN IPs assigned to your computers. My Linux box got 192.168.1.101, and this is the one on which I run the webserver, so in the forwarding tab I chose to have requests in the port range 80 through 80 (yep, you have to put them both in there) redirected to IP 192.168.1.101. That's all. Then all requests from the outside world via the web get patched through to the webserver.
I hope this is more clear now, I realize I've been a bit redundant here...sorry...I'm tired today...
Thank you all for a wonderful thread. It made it crystal clear for me to setup my own apache server. I own a domain name and want it to go to my server, how do I get it to point to it. I understand all the IP stuff now and can type my IP address to get to my site but I don't understand how to get the name to it.