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DynSite for Windows

If you are using Dynsite behind Nexland ISB2LAN, Pro400, Pro800, or Wavebase series routers or any other firewall or VPN using NAT or Private Addressing, follow the installation instructions below and then consult Updating DynSite Settings for Private Addresses.

Installation

Get the latest version of DynSite for Windows from http://noeld.com/dynsite.asp and follow the installation process provided with the software.

Configuration

NOTE: All of these instructions assume a standard installation. If you installed the software in a non-standard location, then some of the information below will need to be modified to reflect your set-up.

After installing DynSite, run the program for the first time, by selecting it from Start > Programs > DynSite for Windows.

You will be presented with the following welcome screen:

Click next and then next again. You should now see:

Click the Account Assistant button to begin configuring DynSite to work with your easyDNS account. This will launch the Account Assistant:

Choose Dynamic DNS Services from the drop-down menu and click next.

Select the Configure a New Account option, and click next.

First, look in the Service drop-down list and make sure there is an entry for "easyDNS". If there isn't then you will need to download our configuration file (Netscape 6.x users should right click on that link and choose Save Link As...). Copy the configuration file to your DynSite program directory (usually :\Program Files\NoelD\DynSite for Windows), cancel this configuration process and restart DynSite (you can stop Dynsite by right-clicking on the DynSite icon in the system tray and choosing Exit).

If there is an entry for "easyDNS" in the Service drop-down list, then select it. [Note: the screen grab above has the phrase "easyDNS Partner Service" in place of "easyDNS".]

Finally, type your easyDNS username into the Username field, check the This service requires a password option, and type your password into the Password field.

Make sure the I want to configure a host for this account option is checked, and click next.

This is the screen where you actually tell DynSite which hosts at your domain should be updated dynamically. DynSite will let you update as many hosts at as many domains as you want, but you can only configure one host at a time.

Assume you have the domain name example.com and you want the DNS for myhome.example.com to dynamically update to the IP address of your computer at home when you dial-in to the internet.

Enter the hostname you want to update in the Domain Name field and the Screen Name field (i.e. "myhome.example.com"). The screen name will be apparent later on.

The Top Domain field is not used by easyDNS, so you should just leave it at <your own domain>. Click next to continue.

Enter just your domain name in the Screen Name field (i.e. "example.com") and click next. Again, the meaning of screen name will be apparent later on.

You now need to tell DynSite how you are connecting to the internet, so that it knows when to automatically check your IP when you connect (and when to send information just before you disconnect). Click the Setup Connection option and a new window will appear:

If you dial into the internet, choose the first option. You probably do not need to click the Change... button to configure your dial-up connection settings.

If you have a cable modem, DSL modem, or a permanent connection to the internet, choose the second option, and select your network adapter from the drop-down list. Your current IP address will appear below the drop-down list when you select the right adapter.

Once you have configured your connection settings, click OK.

That is it! Click Finish.

If everything was configured properly, then the DynSite icon should be in your system tray (next to the clock), and the DynSite status window should be open:

You can minimize this window and DynSite will continue to work in the background, updating your IP address as required.

Updating Settings

If you want to change your DynSite settings, or configure the program to update a second or third hostname, then you need to open the DynSite setup menu.

Right click on the DynSite icon in the system tray, and choose Setup.

You should then see the setup menu. Select the Services tab, and right away check the Hide unused services option, which will make things easier to see:

[Note: the screen grab above has the phrase "easyDNS Partner Service" in place of "easyDNS".]

If you expand the tree for Dynamic DNS Services, you will see that right underneath the entry for "easyDNS" is your domain name (e.g. "example.com"), and underneath that is the hostname you configured (e.g. "myhome.example.com"). These are the screen names you gave earlier in the setup process.

To add another hostname under the same domain, select the domain name from the tree, and click on Add.

To change the settings for a hostname you have already setup, select the hostname from the tree and click on Properties.

In either case, you will see the Host or Domain Properties screen:

If you are adding a hostname, enter the hostname into both the Screen Name and Domain Name fields, leave the Top Domain field alone, and click OK.

The only other option you really need to worry about is the Wildcard update parameter.

If you want to configure "*.example.com" to point to your home computer, you can not simply enter "*.example.com" in the Screen Name and Domain Name field. This is because DynSite doesn't like the asterisk character in that field. Instead, you configure another, non-wildcard hostname (like "myhome.example.com") to also update the wildcard hostname.

Click on the word "disabled" to the right of the Wildcard update option and it will change to "enabled". When it is enabled, everytime DynSite updates the IP for "myhome.example.com", it will also update the IP for "*.example.com". This assumes you have configured "*.example.com" to accept dynamic updates (you configure this in your domain management pages).


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