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Hosting multiple WSS sites on one server

  Asked By: Devika    Date: Apr 15    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 10713

When we set up our first STS server, we quickly painted ourselves into a corner by assigning the root page (http://servername) to our IT branch. When other departments wanted to joint the server, there was no place to add them except under IT.

For my WSS 2 server, I created the top page for IT under http://servername/sites/IT. What I want to do is to add other branches, which I think I can do as http://servername/sites/SomeOtherBranch. So far so good.

Now I have to support a second separate organization who wants their own top site and branding (banner, stylesheet, etc).

So, after that long-winded introduction, my question is: How do I set up a WSS-only server to provide two or more completely separate WSS sites? This means separate top sites, default templates, permissions, etc.

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Answer #1    Answered By: Lacey Daniels     Answered On: Apr 15

You can create new top-level sites  through SharePoint Central Administration,
but they would all still be under the root. How about creating a new IIS
virtual server  and then extending it with WSS?

 
Answer #2    Answered By: Megan Martin     Answered On: Apr 15

Would this require me to implement a header host name and/or separate  IP
address? (i.e. http://Server2name/...) I thought about doing this before,
but don't quite understand all of the process yet.

Does this provide  a second WSS installation somewhere? Where would the root
of that be?

I can see that my test server  is going to bite the dust this weekend.

 
Answer #3    Answered By: Donta Kirkland     Answered On: Apr 15

Get yourself a copy of Virtual server  and create some Virtual Machines. Then recovery from biting the dust means copying a 2GB file not rebuilding a server

 
Answer #4    Answered By: Cade Velazquez     Answered On: Apr 15

Good idea, although as a plans guy, I think the hands-on practice is doing me good.

 
Answer #5    Answered By: Ariana Christensen     Answered On: Apr 15

Allow me to revise my last statement, i spoke without thinking it through. You
can actually use the same IIS virtual directory with host headers to accomplish
what you want
(www.microsoft.com/.../sts\
c03.mspx?mfr=true). This method will allow you to create multiple  sites using
the same IP address that appear to the users to be completely  different servers,
thus each organization  has their own separate  URL, top-level site  and all that
goes along with that.

 
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