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i have a sbs server running sharepoint whose hostname is cbpserver. i am trying to make it so i can access the sharepoint site by putting the ip of the server in the addressbar in a web browser. however when i do this, it works but as soon as i log in, the address bar changes to http://cbpserver which doesn't work outside out lan. how do i resolve this?
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by:Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasy
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Is the reason you want to do this is so that you can access it outside of the LAN?

Because to do that you can either use Remote Web Workplace (see http://sbsurl.com/rww) or access it directly by using the EXTERNAL IP address with SharePoint's Port 444 appended to the URL, ie, https://123.456.789.012:444 (or you can use a FQDN if you have one pointing to your SBS's external IP --- ie, https://server.domain.com:444)

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well optimally i would like to not use port 444 or https. even inside the lan i hit the up of the server http://192.168.91.20 and i am prompted for a username and password, then it lets me in and redirects to http://cbpserver. if i could get it to stay at the ip in the browser's address bar i think that would be the best solution.
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to answer your first question, i would like to be able to access it outside the lan. but i figured if i get this working then i can port forward through the router and hit it the same way with the external ip.

 and then i can use a fqdn which is already set up. then i would set the dns internally so it points to the fqdn  by its internal ip while within the lan.

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Inside the LAN you should actually be using http://companyweb.  How did you get it to go to http://cbpserver?  Or are you thinking that the "Welcome to Small Business Server" web site is your SharePoint site?

If you're prompted for a password, then you either didn't run the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW -- linked as "Connect to the Internet on the To-Do list in the Server Management Console) correctly, or your networking configuration isn't right.  

Please post a COMPLETE ipconfig /all so I can review that for you.

You can't avoid using https... however if you have users log in through Remote Web Workplace, they can just use http://server.domain.com/remote (or even just http://server.domain.com with a bit of additional configuration to create a redirect).

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"then i can port forward through the router and hit it the same way with the external ip."

No, you can't port forward through the router because SharePoint runs on a special SSL port of 444 so that it doesn't conflict with OWA's use of port 443.

You can certainly use a fqdn that is already set up... but you don't need to touch dns internally... you just need to redirect that fqdn in IIS.

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that is interesting because i can access it with http://cbpserver internally, get prompted for a username/password then i am logged into their sharepoint staff site and can view all sorts of information and edit and add stuff.

i walked into this setup when the company's old tech left after installing windows server his first time. so i think some stuff may be misconfigured and i am a total newbie at sharepoint as it is. i did some considerable messing around in iis to get this working initially (it did work as i described it though). so the end result may be a little bastardized.

here is the ipconfig /all:

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : cbpserver
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : CBP.local
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Unknown
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : Yes
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : CBP.local

PPP adapter RAS Server (Dial In) Interface:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : WAN (PPP/SLIP) Interface
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-53-45-00-00-00
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.91.50
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.255
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . :
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Disabled

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Realtek RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethern
et NIC
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-18-F3-74-8B-75
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   IP Address. . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.91.20
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.255.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.91.1
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 192.168.91.20
   Primary WINS Server . . . . . . . : 192.168.91.20

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator>
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I'd be fairly certain that things are installed incorrectly then... if it were me?  I'd flatten the box and do it right.  

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had to flatten the box, thanks for the input everybody
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I subscribed for experts-exchange.com for finding the solution of this issue :(

I got it working when I gave the complete file path in the browser.  ie http://<ipaddress>/default.aspx

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You shouldn't need to do that.

Is your system a Small Business Server 2003?

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