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  Asked By: Candice    Date: Oct 24    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1139

I know there is an article somewhere about Alternate Site Access but I can't
find it right now. I need to configure our SharePoint Portal server 2003 for
external access via FQDN and require SSL. I'm sure we have to have two IP
addresses: one for the internal access http://servername/ and one for the
external ssl https://FQDN



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Esteban Frank     Answered On: Oct 24

The alternate  site access  fields allow you to specify links that will be
substituted in the search results.

An example of this is, i have configured a search of my portal  server
shared documents list and so when i connect to the server  as
http://localhost or http://servername/ the documents will be returned
with a url of http://servername/shared documents/word.doc and by default
if you connect with http://www.mycompany.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.mycompany.com i will also get the results
returned as http://servername/shared documents/word.doc. However i am on
the internet and i cannot get to http://servername/shared
documents/word.doc, what you need to do is setup an Alternate site
access url for http://www.mycompany.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.mycompany.com. Once you have configure  the
alternate url if you connect using the http://www.mycompany.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.mycompany.com address
then the url is substituted for http://servername in the search results
and you will see http://www.mycompany.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.mycompany.com/shared documents/word.doc. You
are then able to access the document externally by clicking the search link.

You do not need two IP addresses for what you want you just need to do
the following:
Configure the FQDN by adding a hostheader to the Default website and
configure the SSL certificate.

However if you want the external  FQDN to have basic authentication and
the internal url to be Integrated Windows Authentication you need to do
the following:
Configure a new Virtual Server
Set the FQDN on this site.
Configure Basic Authentication
Configure SSL
Extend the VS and map to the existing Content Database (Default Web Site)
Connect your browser to https://fqdn and it should work.

Note: You can only run SSL port 443 against one of the virtual servers,
if you need more than one SSL VS you need to use a port other than 443
on the other SSL site.

Answer #2    Answered By: Jabari Burks     Answered On: Oct 24

Thanks. That is very helpful. As far as I know, based on SPPS v1 experience
and what I have tried already, I think I need the other IP because when I
created another website and gave it a default port other than 80 using the
FQDN Header and installed the certificate to use 443, the web site  could
not be started.

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