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How do I set up a external connection to my 2003 Project Server

Hey all,
I have a problem connecting to my Project Server from an external connection.  I chose to set this up after the software was installed because I needed to get a domain name first.  Now that I am ready I attempted to put in the domain name in the external access section under the admin page of PWA and I get nothing.  Do I need to do something else, I mean do I need to make a change in DNS, or my firewall?  

Help!
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Hi oldskool75,

The following is from the Post-Installation section of Project Server 2003 Small-Scale Installation Guide (http://tinyurl.com/32qco)
If your installation is larger... the other guides are there as well.

Configuring Web Server Address Settings

When you enter Web server address information during Project Server Setup, the Setup
program modifies the Pds.wsdl file to enable communication with the Project Data Service
and configures the hyperlink to be sent out in Project Server e-mail notifications. If you do
not enter Web server information during Project Server Setup, you need to edit the
Pds.wsdl file manually and configure Web server address settings in Project Web Access.
.. To update pds.wsdl
1. On the computer running the Project Server Front-End service, using Notepad, edit
install path\IIS Virtual Root\Pds.wsdl.
2. Replace servername with the name of the application server in the following line:
<soap:address location="http://servername/ProjectServer/PDS.WSDL"/>
3. Save the file and close Notepad.
.. To configure Project Web Access settings
1. Log on to Project Web Access as an administrator.
To view the Project Web Access logon page, open Internet Explorer and point to
http://servername/projectserver, where servername is the name of the application server.
64 Microsoft Office Project Server 2003 Small-Scale Installation Guide
2. Click the Admin tab.
3. In the side pane, click Server Configuration.
4. Under Enter the intranet and/or extranet addresses of Project Server, type the
server intranet and extranet addresses that you want Project Server 2003 to display in
e-mail notifications and reminders.
5. Click Save Changes.

Good Luck!

Jeff
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oldskool75Author Commented:
Hey Tech,
Thanks, for helping me but I tried it and I still am unable to connect from the outside.  I use Sharepoint services and I can view it fine from entering http://servername/progectserver/lgnps.asp from my side of the firewall but I want to use a www.domainname.com for the external connection.  So do I need to point them to each other?  If so how do I do this?    
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oldskool75Author Commented:
Ok so here is a new question, the box that has the Project Server installed on it isn't on our network is on a workgroup.  Do you think that could be my problem with the firewall?  Should I create an alias in my watchguard fo another trusted network??
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Well that certainly could be a problem... but I'm confused... you said "another trusted network" but you say the box is in a WORKGROUP?  ie, it's not a member of a DOMAIN?  If so, you COULD put it outside your firewall as a DMZ, but I think your main problem is that you don't have your domain name properly configured in the authoritative ZONE FILE which resides at your ISP.

Jeff
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oldskool75Author Commented:
The thing about the DOmain put up some light bulbs for me, I also have external IP's that aren't on the same subnet that I will use for the external page, I thinkn that I have to get the ISP to put them in our router that is just outside my firewall.  we'll see if this helps.
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oldskool75Author Commented:
Actually never got it to work?  any other ideas?
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
There are a ton of suggestions I could offer at this point... but I have a feeling that you might not have a basic understanding of TCP/IP networking which is really required in order to configure this properly.  

So... you have a couple of choices... take the time to learn about networking basics or hire a consultant that can probably get you configured in a couple of hours or so.

If you're interested in learning more, I'd start here:

http://compnetworking.about.com/od/workingwithipaddresses/l/blip.htm

If you want to hire a consultant, let me know what city you are in and I can provide a few resources to find a qualified one.

Jeff
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