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Using Your Own Domain Name with Windows Home Server


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A few days ago, Richard, one of our readers asked a question about using his own domain name with Windows Home Server instead of either the or the address.

The following day Richard posted a follow up:

If like me you already have your own registered domain name most providers will set up a sub domain and DNS routing against it free of charge. This will not affect any existing services such as web sites on your main domain name.

I managed to get my personal sub domain working with my Home Server by tricking the console into saving the details without buying any addition services as follows:

1. Open the console and select remote access.

2. Select “TZO.COM custom domain name”.

3. Selected “Transfer my custom domain name to TZO.COM” (you will need to add a name and email address) 4. Enter your custom domain name when requested and click transfer.

5. Click Finnish and quit TZO.COM web site when transferred.

The custom domain and IP info is now cashed in your Home Server and no costs incurred.

Remember to configure port forwarding on your router correctly before you start.

Click here for our article on configuring port forwarding on your router.

So thanks for that Richard, I am sure other people will find that useful.

Andrew Edney
Andrew Edney
I am the owner and editor of this site. I have been interested in gadgets and tech since I was a little kid. I have also written a number of books on various tech subjects. I also blog for The Huffington Post and for FHM. And I am honoured to be a Microsoft MVP since January 2008 - again this year as an Xbox MVP.


  1. I'm unable to find anything relating to in the console.

    I have my own domain name pointing to my home server and it's working.

    Only issue is the error messages about the security certificate.

    I was hoping the steps above would correct that.

    Any advice?

    • Jim

      The TZO.Com domain information was selected during the remote access configuration process.

      In order to fix your warning message about the cert, you would need to apply your domain cert to your WHS so that it knows all about you.

      You would need to speak to you provider for help with this though.

      Personally I still just use my domain.


  2. it iakes me to the TZO website and askes to pay $25 / year for the transfer and maintainance

  3. How do we get the TZO option in the first place? I'm running PP3 and am in the US… or does this just not work if you've already chosen a address?

    • You have an HP MediaSmart homeserver as I think from memory they come as an option with them.


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