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How do I create websites for my active directory users?

I have a Windows Server 2003 domain.  Is there any way to create an individual website for each active directory user or a group of users?  I imagine that Microsoft must have some sort of solution for this.

I know that it is fairly simple in Linux to create an individual website for a user so that they can have their own website like http://www.example.com/~username, where they could FTP files back and forth to maintain their webpage.  Is there an equivalent Microsoft solution?  Is that what SharePoint does?
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razinghavoc
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Hi razinghavoc,

you can look at using an isolated FTP site
http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Creating-Configuring-FTP.html
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razinghavocAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the response.

I already have FTP access to the user's home folders through a web FTP interface, though.  I am looking for a way to create user webpages.

I work in an educational environment, and I am looking for a free way to give faculty their own webpages.  I would like it all intergrated with Active Directory so I don't have to administrate user accounts in multiple systems.  I thought Microsoft would already have a solution for this.

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alimuCommented:
They sort of do have a solution - the free(ish) one is Sharepoint Services, the full-blown (pricey) one is Sharepoint Portal Server.
You basically have a templated layout and users create their own content.  I say freeish because you still need to pay for the OS, possibly SQL (depending on config) and possibly developer tools if they want to start doing the complex stuff.

depends really what you're after.  You could probably script "create a contact html page" into the user creation process if you just wanted a pretty looking address book.. if you want collaboration with minimum finger-poking and wrist-slapping required by you though.. Jay_Jay70's suggestion or Sharepoint are probably the simplest solutions.  User management is via web pages, using domain users and groups.. you can basically delegate administration and rarely have to look at it again.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
sorry for the off topic but its not often i find another Aussie...
Alimu --> up the blues!
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alimuCommented:
Jay_Jay70 - I'm a Queenslander *lol*
razinghavoc - any reason for the B? If you needed further clarification I would have been more than happy to provide it, had you asked..
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razinghavocAuthor Commented:
Sorry.  This is my first experience with EE.  It asked me if the answer was Excellent, Good, or Average.  I didn't realise Good translate into a Grade B.  I hope that does not reflect in some sort of score difference for you.

I just felt an excellent response might have included some other solutions aside from the ones I and Jay_Jay70 mentioned.  That is all.  I did not mean anything negative.  Thank you for your response.
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Jay_Jay70Commented:
Alimu - bad times, but hey, I'm sure in time you will come to see the light :-)

Jay
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alimuCommented:
It does change the amount of points awarded but I'm not really concerned about the points, it's more that I wondered if you were (as you are) new to the site.  The usual practice is to ask for clarification where you don't think the answer meets your ciriteria for excellent.  
Not knowing what you are after, most of us  tend to give a broad overview to start with and get to a more tailored solution as we communicate with you.  If, after a bit of back-and-forth you still think the answer isn't worth an A, that's cool but at least we tried :)  

There's plenty of useful stuff on the help page, specific information about grading is here: http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hi73
(and yes, I have a vested interest in helping out new members - I'm the Page Editor in this Topic Area :)   )

cheers!
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