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SharePoint Architecture for External Access

  Asked By: Cyrus    Date: Oct 30    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1852

My company has a fully implemented SharePoint Architecture working and
running great, however there is zero external access. I was wondering
what has to be done in order to allow this access.

The following diagram indicates how I think this could be done, but
please understand I am a developer tring to architect something that
is a Server Administrator's job. I just want to know if this is the
correct way to solve this architecture problem.


Please understand there currently is not a Web Server in the DMZ and I
was wondering if this is a possible solution.

Any input would be appreciated.



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: M Juarez     Answered On: Oct 30

That looks like it should be a workable solution. These two possibilities may be variations of what you alrady had in mind since it looks like you’re putting up another server:



Hope if nothing else it gives you some ideas or confirmation.

Answer #2    Answered By: Marty Mcdowell     Answered On: Oct 30

Setting up SharePoint for extranet isn't that hard at all. It is a
nice idea to have a seperate server  in between the firewalls except
they will still ned access  to the SQL Box on the LAN anyway. It may
just be simpler to create new websites on the Internal boxes, enable
SSL on them and publish the internal ones directly via ISA 2004 to
the internet. This a proven way of doing it and we use ourselves. As
long as you use host headers correctly and ensure the use of SSL and
lock the firewall rules down it will work fine. Also it saves you
having to create another server, Hope this helps.

Answer #3    Answered By: Dakota Shaffer     Answered On: Oct 30

The first question is:
Do you need external  access to the complete portal for your people or just
access to some information for partners?
This impacts your design.

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