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I've seen probably 20 tutorials on SBS 2003 installation.

I still cant figure out what to put as the 'Web Server Certificate' in the 'Connect to the Internet' wizzard

some say sbs.mycompany.com and some say 'mail.mycompany.com' .... is it servernetbiosname.mycompany.com  OR www.mycompany.com or ? and how does that affect remote users and a company website etc?
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Hi Matrix1000,

It should be whatever you have listed as your HOST record in your PUBLIC DNS zone (usually at your ISP or registrar).  This does not necessarily have to match the netbios name of your server.  It affects the remote users in that if they, for example, use https://login.company.com/remote and you have made the certificate as sbs.company.com they will get a certificate name mismatch warning every time they try to access the site.  With IE 7.0 this warning is MUCH MORE SEVERE than with IE 6.x.  Additionally, they won't be able to import the certificate so that they would never see a "trust" warning again.

You certainly don't want to use www.companyname.com, as that would be reserved for your public web site.

See http://sbsurl.com/net101 for more detailed information.

Jeff
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I set my domain name, mycompany.com to use the default domain registrars ns servers.

So now If I did 'support.mycompany.com'  would I add a 'subdomain' named 'support? ...or an A record named 'support'

This is what I'm seeing at my registrar as far as subdomains go.....
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Manage Your Sub-Domains

This allows you to create subdomains that are forwarded to another URL.

                Domain Name: mycompany.com
         Add a Sub-Domain Forwarded to Another URL

Sub-Domain Name:  _____________________________________
Forward To:  _____________________________________
 
(ex. http://www.anotherdomain.com)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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No, you would not create a subdomain... if you don't have access to your DNS management, you need to ask them to add the host record.

Who is the registrar?

Jeff
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by:Matrix1000
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Go Daddy.com

Also before I wipe out 5 hours of work, after installing everything I cant even access the 'companyweb' site... During installation I did add my ISP's dns servers in the 'Connect to the Internet wizzard' and noticed some sort of DNS update that failed. Could that be the cause of it?

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by:Matrix1000
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I mean I cant even access the companyweb site from the server itself. I can get to one of the default sites if I use http://computername but I cant even get a page when I do 'localhost' :/  This sux
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by:Matrix1000
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the error says...

DNS server has updated its own host (A) records. In order to ensure that its DS-integrated peers DNS servers are able to replicate with this server, an attempt was made to update them with the new records through dynamic update. An error was encountered during this update, the record data is the error code.

If this DNS server does not have any DS-integrated peers, then this error should be ignored.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy earned 2000 total points
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You can easily rerun the Internet Connection Wizard to correct any problems you may have with that.  The error message indicates that you may have wrongly configured your network settings.

Can you please post an IPCONFIG /ALL from your server?  

Jeff
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This IS a reinstall of the server we've been discussing the past few days, right?

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