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MintDNS Setup Instructions

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MintDNS allows your Microsoft Windows Server to act as a public or private DDNS daemon, and will provide both static and dynamic DNS services. MintDNS supports several standard update formats and supports many third party update clients as well. This provides client 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.


Hardware and Software Requirements

MintDNS requires a non web version of the Microsoft Windows Server operating system with all the latest service packs, and security updates available from windowsupdate.microsoft.com., Microsoft SQL Server with SQL Server Management Studio. Hardware requirements are the same as the operating system itsself. MintDNS will require at least one fully qualified domain name, static IP address and a broadband connection to the internet.

Routers Firewalls and Proxies may hinder your ability to use MintDNS.


Server Setup (Prior to installing MintDNS)

In this section you will be installing Active Directory, IIS, SQL Server and configuring your domains registrar settings.

  1. Install Active Directory
  2. Ensure IIS is installed and running.
  3. Choose and install a Database Engine
  4. Register Your Server as a Name Server

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.


Installing MintDNS 2009

2003 Server

2008, 2012, 2016 Server


Ports used by MintDNS

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


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)


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 #


Custom Development


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.


Error Submission

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