I have a new Virtual Private Server from GoDaddy that uses Plesk 11 control panel on a Windows Server 2008 operating system with 2 IP addresses.
I had a lot of trouble getting it set up, but with some help from the people here at serverfault, I got it running using Amazon's Route53 service, doing the following.
Nameservers NS Route53 domain.com A IP Address of Server Box www.domain.com CNAME domain.com
Then in my domain registrar (NetworkSolutions.com) I set the Nameservers to the ones given to me by Route53 And then in the Plesk server, I just did not have any kind of DNS setup (I told it to turn DNS resolution off)
Waiting a few hours to let all the propagation magic happen, it seemed to magically work! (Hurrah!)
Not knowing anything about server technology (first timer here, I am a software engineer - not a network admin), I really want to learn more now - I really liked getting this to work.
I want to understand how to achieve this without using the Plesk control panel. As I understand it, I do not want Windows to behave as the DNS server.
Can anyone give me some tips on how to do this? Do I just install Windows Server 2008 fresh, add "Web Server" as a role, and then ... do nothing? Or do I need to go through a lot of convoluted setup? Again, my level is absolute beginner on this subject.
Thanks again for the help - it is glad to know that the people on serverfault are as helpful and kind as the people on stackoverflow I have been working with for years.