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Next steps after WSS 3.0 install

  Asked By: Jamie    Date: Jul 21    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1533

I'm trying to establish a test environment with about 5 users. I
downloaded a trial of version of Windows 2003 R2 and installed it as
a Virtual PC. I then installed WSS 3.0 as outlined in one of the
articled linked here yesterday. It is working wonderfully!

Now I need to move to the next step and make the site accessible
through the web because right now I can only get to it when on the
actual machine. How do I do this? Is this possible when using Virtual

My next step would be to add users. I know how to add users as we are
running WSS 2.0 in production and have active directory, but I don't
know how to add users on a stand-alone server installation. Any

All of the articles and blogs I've read only get to the completion of
installation and then they move onto e-mail configuration and so
forth. I assume this is because most people already know how to make
the site accessible through the internet and add users. I'm not very
familar with the back end of the system, but I'm eager to learn.



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Michelle White     Answered On: Jul 21

The way that I made my last virtual PC available to users  was by
adding it to the default web site in IIS when I extended the portal.
Then users simply typed http://servername to get to the top level
site. This should make it available to internal users only though.
If you are not on the corporate network or on some type of VPN it
probably will not be accessible depending on your firewall and
security configuration. If you want it to have a actual URL like
test.yourcompany.com then you will need to setup a host header in DNS
and then input in your IIS or give that server a static IP assigned to
URL in DNS and then add it to your website in IIS. If you want it to
be accessible out of work you will need to put the virtual PC in the
DMZ. This would preferably be on a virtual server not a virtual PC.
If you need more help just let me know.

Answer #2    Answered By: Sheena Ray     Answered On: Jul 21

It is possible when using virtual pc – you just have to make sure that the virtual pc is getting an ip address from your live network (i.e. its not natted or sharing the host ip address)

Myself, I use VMWare so cant tell you how to check this in MS VPC

As to users, as you are not on a domain you wont be able to add domain users  (natch) but you can add users locally and then people accessing the site can log on using those local users accounts

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