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SBS 2008 Public Website

Hi,

I have recently setup an SBS 2008 server and need to get my original website back onto this box. When I go to the domain, I get the IIS7 splash screen (IISSTART.HTM I believe). This file resides in the wwwroot directory to which I am denied access - even from the console. I'm sure it locked for a reason, but cannot see how I can get my website into there.
Could somebody please explain if I do use this directory, or whether I can point to the default website to another directory.

I have this erking feeling that Im going to be asked about putting this box directly onto the WAN. The setup is currently the server having an internal address and a few ports (inc 80) are NATted to that box.

Cheers,
Greg
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Did you have an SBS 2003 Premium with ISA before?

Philip
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Create a new site on port 80 using the host header www.yourdomain.com.
Put the content into the folder you create for this purpose and associate the new site with that folder.

When someone puts www.yourdomain.com into their browser your SBS's IIS will direct them to the correct content.

Suggestion: Get a hosting provider. They are cheap.

Philip
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Cris HannaCommented:
As Philips suggests, we don't recommend running a publically accessible website on Port 80 on any SBS Server, or any computer inside your business network period.  Huge security risk!  HUGE
GoDaddy can host this site for $5-$10/month and you don't have to worry about your business network being hacked...at least not through Port 80 anyway
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hainsNETAuthor Commented:
Hi guys.

I hear what you are saying about a security risk, but are you also saying that SBS 2008 is not really geared to run a public site? Hence the only existing web publishing on the box by default are internal-type pages (eg OWA and Remote)?
Im curious as to why the IIS splash page is there at all when a port 80 request comes to the server. Surely that's in place to accommodate some sort of publishing through port forwarding.

Greg
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Cris HannaCommented:
Because you have port 80 open...With SBS 08 you are correct that it's not geared to host a public website...neither was SBS 2003 or SBS 2000 or SBS 4 and 4.5.  It's not that IIS is not fully implemented and capable, it's that port 80 is the single most attacked port in all the web so opening that port on the server where you business critical data is stored is like leaving a sign in front fo your store that says, we're on vacation but help yourself to what you need.  Huge Security Risk
There is NO Business Reason for port 80 to be open on your router from the net and forwarded to your SBS Server.
 
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Philip ElderTechnical Architect - HA/Compute/StorageCommented:
Did you use the Getting Started Tasks wizards to configure the various Internet related services on SBS 2008?

Philip
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hainsNETAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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