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IIS / SBS 2003 - Can I create a new site outside of Sharepoint?
"http://devsite/" as opposed to "http://companyweb/devsite/"

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Msg#: 4486 posted 5:21 pm on Mar 13, 2006 (gmt 0)

Sharepoint is all fine and dandy, but I cannot figure out for the life of me how to setup a new site via IIS - in SBS 2003 - just like I did in XP Professional.

Let's say I have a directory named "C:/sites/mysite/". I want to be able to type "http://mysite/" and have it load up in a browser.

I've created a new site in IIS - specified that "C:/sites/mysite/" will be the directory that the scripts will be running from... and at this point, it would just run on XP Pro. ("http://mysite/" would just load up if I visited the page via a web browser.)

When I try to bring up "http://mysite/" - I get a Page Not Found error.

Any tips on getting this to work? I assume there's more to it when you're working off of SBS 2003 - compared to a plain old version of XP Pro.



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Msg#: 4486 posted 1:03 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

SBS2003 Standard or Premium?

RRAS or ISA 2000 or ISA 2004 firewall?

Do you want to set up a Sharepoint site, or a standard IIS site?

Do you want the site accessible only from the internal network, or from the "outside world" as well (the latter is discouraged by just about everyone for security reasons...)


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Msg#: 4486 posted 2:40 pm on Mar 14, 2006 (gmt 0)

We're running SBS2003 Standard, and I want to create a plain olde IIS site as opposed to using Sharepoint. I don't want any type of remote access to the site, so it would be strictly for internal purposes. To the best of my knowledge, we are not running ISA - I think that comes with Premium, not Standard.

I want the site to be acessible from a simple address, like, "http://webdev/".

I hope you can help me out. Thanks in advance.


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Msg#: 4486 posted 9:44 pm on Mar 15, 2006 (gmt 0)

Just in case someone else is looking for an answer to the same problem... just create a Virtual Directory within your default site, it's 10x easier and you can still keep the url short.


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Msg#: 4486 posted 5:45 pm on Mar 17, 2006 (gmt 0)

After doing what I said above, I ran into a problem with my code because it needed to be located in a root folder (to avoid having to modify the file locations in over 100 pages of script.)

Here's an even better solution.

STEP ONE: Create your WEB SITE.

a) Launch the Server Management panel.

b) Drill down to the "Web Sites" folder, located in Advanced Settings > IIS > ServerName (local computer). Right-click, choose "New", then choose "Web Site..."

c) Run through the wizard. (This is assuming that you've created your content folder, secured it, applied permissions, etc.)



a) In the Server Management panel, go to Advanced Settings > Services and Applications > DNS > ServerName > Forward Lookup Zones.

Right-click the local domain folder (servername.local) and choose New Alias (CNAME).

Follow the wizard, and use your "servername.local" domain as the FQDN.

The Alias name will be what you want to have as your local domain name. So, if you choose "webdev" as your alias, then you'll now be able to access your web site from "http://webdev/".


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