Understanding Windows Live domain names

Applies To: Windows Home Server 2011

A Windows Live domain name includes the following features:

  • A custom domain name for Remote Web Access (for example, yourhostname.homeserver.com). Your domain name is associated with your public IP address.

  • A dynamic DNS service so that Remote Web Access using your domain name will not be interrupted if your public IP address changes. Typically, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) for home broadband connections provide dynamic public IP addresses which can change.

  • A trusted certificate associated with the domain name.

To integrate a Windows Live domain name with your server, you need a Windows Live ID. If you do not have a Windows Live ID, you can sign up for one at the Windows Live Web site.


Windows Live allows special characters in your Windows Live ID password that the server does not support. If you use a Windows Live domain, ensure that your Windows Live ID password contains only characters that the server supports. The server does not support use of the characters $, /, ', and %.