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Extranets and Alternate Access Mappings

  Asked By: Tapasvi    Date: Oct 07    Category: MOSS    Views: 1499

I just left the SharePoint Summit in Dallas and I'm hoping there are
some geniuses who can help me here.

I'm setting up an extranet server with MOSS 2007. This will host a few
different portals. My intention was to have all the public DNS entries
point to the public IP address of the server and use Alternate Access
Mappings to direct the users to the correct Web Application.

In my security environment, however, we have a hardware product called
Netscaler which all requests pass through before getting to the server.
This product also limits trafic to specifically named ports. The
Netscaler can be set up to send the traffic to the correct port based
on the DNS. Is this a good idea? If not, what port does the request
need to be sent on in order for SharePoint to get it and re-route it?
We are using SSL.

I know this is a pretty technical setup question. I'd appreciate any
help anyone has so I can avoid the trial-and-error.



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Candy Walter     Answered On: Oct 07

I'm not that familiar with Netscaler, but a few other questions:

1) What is the setup for your sites - are they all running from the
same server  or different ones?

2) Is SSL terminated at Netscaler or at the SharePoint Server(s)

3) Can Netscaler do port mapping (e.g. incoming port 443 sent to
inside port 8443) or is everything just a 1:1 redirect?

Answer #2    Answered By: Leanne Rios     Answered On: Oct 07

To answer your questions:

1. All the sites are running from the same server.

2. Netscaler is a transparent proxy, so it is passed through by default.

3. Netscaler can direct even a URL to sharepoint  using a specific port
if we want/need it to.

Again, I appreciate your help.

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