skyBuilders.com timeLines Internet Requirements
- A 24x7 Internet connection is needed, with a dedicated IP address (DHCP is not usable), and a registered domain name. A small organization can manage with a DSL line or cable modem, as long as you get a dedicated IP address. Two DSL lines (with different IP addresses on separate networks, from different vendors) can be shared to increase uptime. Typical starting costs for business DSL lines are $125/month.
A computer colocated at a web hosting service (Internet data center) will have a faster and more reliable connection, but access to your database file will be only over the Internet. This will be more expensive ($300/month up) since most web hosting services will want you to rent a dedicated server to run a database-backed web application like skyBuilders timeLines.
- Domain Name Server(s), or Domain Name Service from your ISP/Web Host. The DNS can be configured to load balance between two Internet connections. If one connection fails, requests are directed to the other automatically (details). To add a DNS Service, go to Network Control Panel. In WinNT, go to Services tab, and say Add. Windows will build the available services list. Select DNS Service. You may need the Windows CD. In Win2000, go to Advanced menu, choose Optional Network Components... Select Networking Services (don't check the box). Click Details. The services list appears. Choose DHS Service. You may need the W2000 disk or a Service Pack disk.
- Mail Server (recommended?). Note that SMTP Server is needed for timeLined Emails, and some Mail Servers conflict (compete for resources) with SMTP Server.