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MintDNS 2009 Setup Instructions

Contents

Introduction

MintDNS v3.0 2009 Enterprise Edition is an interface for Microsoft DNS that replaces earlier versions of MintDNS. MintDNS allows your Windows 2000, 2003 or 2008 Server to act as a public or private DDNS daemon, and can provide the internet community with both static and dynamic DNS services. MintDNS supports standard update formats and at this time supports many third party update clients enabling compatibility with most all operating systems.

MintDNS setup and configuration is extensive and complicated. A successful setup will require your full attention to the entire scope of this document. In the event you are unable to successfully setup MintDNS please do not hesitate to contact support by clicking here or by calling 479-738-1025 during our normal hours of business 8:00am-5:00pm CST. As always 24hr support is available to all registered users. Free support and setup services are offered to all MintDNS users. If your having difficulties configuring your server please don't hesitate and contact support.

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Hardware and Software Requirements

Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005 or 2008, SQL Server Management Studio. Windows 2000, 2003 or 2008 Server operating system (With Active Directory Installed) Please see these links for instruction on installing Active Directory 2000 server, 2003 server 2008 server. PC with a 133-MHz processor required. 700-MHz or faster processor recommended. 128 MB of RAM required. 256 MB or more recommended. At least one fully qualified domain name. Static IP address. Broadband connection to the internet. Routers Firewalls and Proxies may hinder your ability to use MintDNS. Latest service packs, and security updates from windowsupdate.microsoft.com.

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Server Setup (Prior to installing MintDNS)

Steps before installing MintDNS.
 

  1. Install Active Directory (2000 server, 2003 server 2008 server)
  2. Ensure IIS is installed and running.
  3. Choose and install a Database Engine (Requires MS SQL 2000, 2005 or 2008)
     (Recommended Engines are Microsoft SQL Server 2005-2008.)
  4. Register Your Server as a Name Server (Done at your registrar)

1. Please use these links for help installing Active Directory 2000 server, 2003 server, 2008 server

2. Ensure the IIS service is installed and running. This is most easily done by opening Control Panel\Administrative Tools\Services, and verifying the World Wide Web Publishing Service exists and is running. You also want to make sure the startup type is set to automatic. [image1] [image2]

    If the World Wide Web Publishing service does not exist open the add remove programs wizard (Control Panel\Add Remove Programs\Windows Components). After the Windows Component Wizard opens, highlight the Internet information services (IIS) field and click details. At a minimal, the Internet information Services Snap-In and World Wide Web Server fields should be checked. If not, check them and apply your changes.

3. Next you will need to decide which Database Engine you will use. We recommend  MS SQL 2005 Enterprise, or MS SQL 2005 Express Edition. If you use the express edition you will also need the SQL Management Studio

Of course there is nothing wrong with SQL Server 2008 Express

4. Registering your server as a name server will differ from registrar to registrar, but the processes all accomplish one goal. They allow you to host DNS locally for the domain or domains on your server. Once you have your zones setup in DNS you are ready to configure these domains to use your server for DNS. This process will differ from registrar to registrar, and you should read their help documents about hosting your own DNS. [A godaddy walk through is provided here.]

Your now ready to install MintDNS.


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Installing MintDNS 2009



2003 Server

2008 Server


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Ports used by MintDNS

The following ports are used by MintDNS Port 80 TCP, Port 53 TCP, Port 53 UDP


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Basic URL's

Basic URL's used for navigation.
http://yourdom.com/reg.aspx (New user signup)
http://yourdom.com/logon.aspx (User Logon)
http://yourdom.com/admin/ (Administration)
http://yourdom.com/nic/update (Update URL Standard update compliant)


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Client Applications

Client Applications

  1. Linux Clients
  2. Windows Clients
  3. Hardware Clients

A native Win32 client application is provided for your convenience. Also most existing third party clients that support the dyndns.org protocol and allows the end user to specify a server to connect to are supported.

About any dyndns.org compatible hardware client can be used. Provided the client allows you to specify a server to connect to. (If a device does not allow you to specify a server to connect to. You can still use the device. First create a zone on your server named dyndns.org and add an A records named members using your servers Ip address. Next set the devices TCP/IP DNS to use your servers IP address. This will cause the device to look at your DNS and thus send the upadate to your server.) On some devices it may be necessary to substitute @ in your user name with #




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Custom Development

The MintDNS API

The Client applications source code is also included with this package, and can be modified to suit your specific needs. As always we are more than happy to answer any development questions you may have.


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Error Submission

Please send any and all errors to sam@dyndnsservices.com


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