Last post Jan 23, 2007 09:27 AM by Jenni Phillips
Dec 07, 2006 04:10 PM|redhanz|LINK
I created a web app with asp .net and whatnot. I was wondering if it is possible to host it with XP or should I use server 2003. Whats the difference?
Dec 07, 2006 05:23 PM|Dejan Vesic|LINK
In theory, you could host one site with Windows XP Professional and it's IIS.
However, Windows XP is desktop operating system, not optimized for high server performance: optimized disk access, possibility to accept and serve lot of incoming TCP/IP connections, fine tune caching systems ...
In short: yes, you can, but much better choice is real server operating system like Windows 2003.
Dec 10, 2006 02:02 PM|centrixweb.com|LINK
If you decide to host your site on a Windows XP Pro system, it probably means you are hosting your site on an in-house computer using your own Internet connection. Many if not all of ISPs prohibit users from using their Internet connections to host websites,
even small ones. You might be able to get away with it for a couple of months but I think eventually your site will become popular and your ISP will pick up on your unusual high upload speeds (people downloading your site).
Best bet would be to visit http://www.aspfree.com/asp.net-web-hosting and check those hosts out, they all seem to support ASP.net as a standard feature and some of them are very affordable.
Centrix Web Hosting, LLC
ASP, FrontPage, ColdFusion, Access & SQL Server Hosting.....
Jan 22, 2007 07:32 AM|handy01|LINK
To host your site using Windows XP and using your own internet connection, you need to have Static IP assigned to your machine.
If not, then you can use Dynamic DNS service from
www.dyndns.org. however this is not recommended way of hosting a reliable website
If you have static ip, then you can just set your domain DNS A Record to your static ip and thats all
You can have free dns service from http://www.zoneedit.com
Jan 22, 2007 12:05 PM|Steve@Planet|LINK
I hosted my business web site from my home PC using Windows XP and IIS for over 2 years.
I used www.dyndns.org, as mentioned above, to get around the problem of not having a static IP address provided by my ISP.
I have now however switched to Win 2003 and have a static IP address from my ISP.
So, what your asking is perfectly possible.
Jan 23, 2007 09:27 AM|Jenni Phillips|LINK
I also use dynamic DNS for my websites, and one program I've found really helpful is
DirectUpdate, its a little Windows service that monitors your external IP, and if it changes notifies your dynamic DNS provider (It has support for loads). I use both Dyndns.org although I now tend to use
http://www.everydns.net/ which I've never had a problem with and its free although its web interface does leave quite a bit to be desired.