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    I'm developing a site that will be accessed almost exclusively by users from military networks. My site has A5 Application Server running on port 80 and currently a wiki and forum being served by IIS running on port 88.

    From OUTSIDE the military networks, I can easily access the wiki and the forum using an explicit URL (http://www.2xcr.com:88/readiwiki for example). From INSIDE military networks I cannot see the pages served through the IIS server at all; they appear to be blocked.

    In order to host the wiki and forums - and a planned support ticket system - I have no choice but to run the two servers. I also know these servers have to be on separate ports.

    My question is: What do I need to do in order to get the IIS port 88 content to show on browsers within the military networks?

    I've been searching for suggestions, but as a server novice I'm not sure how to approach this. I have read on Virtual Hosting, but unsure whether that is the right route. Requesting that port 88 not be blocked by the military is not an option, for obvious reasons.

    Please provide as much detail as possible because as I mentioned, I am new to this world. I can follow directions well, but I don'tknow all of the acronyms and implied procedures at this point. Many thanks!

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    Default Re: A5 Server on Port 80 - IIS on Port 88 :: Port 88 Blocked by ISP

    Matt,

    I have not been doing much programming with Alpha at this point but I do spend time reading the forum. If I understand correctly you can have more that one IP address assigned to a single network card in your server. Doing that should allow you to bind IIS to port 80 for one IP address and bind alpha to port 80 for the second ip address.

    I can not give you any directions as I have never done this but this is what I gather from reading the forum. You can try searching the forum for the thread or others might chime in with more details.
    Jeff Ryder

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    Default Re: A5 Server on Port 80 - IIS on Port 88 :: Port 88 Blocked by ISP

    Jeff:

    Thanks for the note. I have three IPs on my VPS, so I suppose I could assign the IIS server to a different IP. What I don't know is a) How to do this, or b) What effect this would have to users seeking to access the content on the IIS server directly, since I do not want them to have to enter a different URL/IP address.

    Something to consider though. Thank you!

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    Default Re: A5 Server on Port 80 - IIS on Port 88 :: Port 88 Blocked by ISP

    Though I have yet to finalize, after a couple of days of searching through countless sites I think I have a solution. My VPS service contains 1 shared and 2 dedicated IP addresses. I created a nameserver record through the DNS for the 3 subdomains that will reside on my IIS server using one of the dedicated IPs (IPdedB). Next chance I get, I will edit the bindings for the subdomains to point to IPdedB. Hopefully, this will direct any visitors to the subdomains to my IIS listening on port 80 through IPdedB.

    Once I have that side of the setup working I will edit the nameserver record for my top-level domain so it points to my A5WAS on the other dedicated IP (IPdedA). In A5WAS, I will edit the settings to allow it to listen only to IPdedA on port 80. Hopefully, this will direct visitors to the TLD to my A5WAS listening on IPdedA on port 80.

    Does anyone see any flaw in my logic? If A5WAS will object to sharing port 80 - even if on a different IP than IIS - then I'd rather find out now before I waste precious time on this approach. Thanks.

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