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Publish Companyweb on internet

I have a client that wishes to access companyweb from the internet on a 2003 SBS machine. They already have OWA on ssl port 443.  The companyweb site is configured for port 80 only in IIS. It works fine internally. Just need to understand the steps necessary to open up companyweb. If I browse to the external ip address I get the welcome screen but when I click on the "my comapnies internal web site" it fails with cannot display this webpage.
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vico1CIOCommented:
You need to forward port 444 to the SBSserver. CompanyWeb works externally on port 444
Then you need to run The "Connect to the internet" wizard and enable "Windows Sharpoint Intranet Services".
If you have not already done so.

Vico1
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duncaninnzAuthor Commented:
I am forwarding 444 to the SBS box. the main webpage can be displayed externally but only via https. And yet I can view it internally on http. Port 80 is also being forwarded in the firewall. Internally when I click on view my companies website it works but externally it doesnt.
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vico1CIOCommented:
Port 444 is only secure socket layer SSL that how it was designed to work since your internal documents  will be exposed to the internet.
That's exactly how it supposed to work.
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duncaninnzAuthor Commented:
I've no problem with it being on SSL. However the actual internal company website doesnt work. what I'm seeing when I browse externally is the default website. When I click on the display my company internal website it fails. Which because it trys to go to http://companyweb it will do. Note thats not https. I have already tried putting in a host header fqdn and kidding my remote client to use it by putting it in the hosts file but this still doesnt work. When you say it uses port 444 where is this specified. There is no ssl port specified by default for companyweb. Should I specify port 444 as well.
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vico1CIOCommented:
I sounds like that you didn't run the wizard.
All you have to do is actually forward 444 to the SBS server.
The wizard can actually do it for you if your router is pnp enable.
It will redirect the link automatically to https://yourdomain.com:444/default.aspx
You must run the wizard in order for this to work.
Take a look at the attached file.
Wiz.png
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duncaninnzAuthor Commented:
Not a big fan of wizards especially on a production server running rpc over http and ssl owa. However I have setup two SBS 2003 test boxes on my test network. Ive tried running the wizard on both. Neither did anything to the router port forwarding so I've configured that manually for port 444 and port 80. I can see that the wizard adds port 444 to IIS companyweb and also adds 444 to the multiple ssl identities. However I cant browse the companyweb on either server from an external client. I have tried alternating the port forwarding to each in turn and both fail with the same error. I can get to the default web site but when I click on the my company internal website it fails.
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duncaninnzAuthor Commented:
Ok I've just noticed you say forward it to the address yourdomain.com:444/default.aspx. I'm just forwarding port 40 to the server IP address. Are you saying that address has to be defined somehow in the router?.
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duncaninnzAuthor Commented:
Sorry I mean port 444
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vico1CIOCommented:
If you are not a fan of wizard, then you should never use SBS because that is the only way SBS works properly.
You need to use the wizard for everything in SBS even something as simple as joinning a workstation to the  domain or a Server. This is not an option if you need the sbs network to be trouble free this is a MUST.

Now regarding the router, It must be plug an play and if it is SBS wizard will actually ask you to modify it, that is assuming that PnP is enable.

Good luck!
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vico1CIOCommented:
Yes that is correct port 444 should be fowarded to the SBS IP ADDRESS.
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duncaninnzAuthor Commented:
I can go to the default website click on my companys internal website and the address changes to http://companyweb but the same default website is displayed. adding default.aspx or 444 doesnt work.
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vico1CIOCommented:
Did you run the wizard?
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duncaninnzAuthor Commented:
Yes on both machines. Both do the same.
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vico1CIOCommented:
Are you using the FQDN from the external network?

You cannot use an IP ADDRESS to connect.
You cannot use a different domain other than the one you specified in the wizard.
ISA Rule will block them.

And what do you mean on Both the Same?

Vico1
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duncaninnzAuthor Commented:
I'm not using ISA. I have two test sbs boxes set up and whichever I try I get the same result. I take your point on the FQDN though and will have a look at that. I have not appreciated the importance of that. If I put a host header in on port 80 for the fqdn I selected on the wizard I can get through to the companyweb site.
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vico1CIOCommented:
You have no need to put a host header.
SBS sever is setup as follow:
Companyweb is the host header and can be accessed locally via HTTP.
From the external Companyweb must be accesed VIA HTTPS on port 444
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duncaninnzAuthor Commented:
Ok yes that works. Using the fqdn followed by :444/default.aspx I can finally browse the companyweb. Thanks for your help. I just have to implement it on the live system now. Just one final question. What is the command to open up the wizard as its no longer showing as an annoying bubble on the live system.
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vico1CIOCommented:
1.-Go to "Server Management" Console.
2.-on the left pane click on to do list
3.-Click on "Connect to the internet" (Option 2)
Good luck!
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duncaninnzAuthor Commented:
Great. Thanks for your help.
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