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Make Sharepoint 2010 Foundation Public

I have found several articles on-line for making Sharepiont 2010 Foundation public for outside consultants.  Does someone have specific articles that help setup the firewall rules, but also make sure that security isn't compromised?  Is there a way to create users JUST in Sharepiont as well as domain credential users?  Any suggestions?  I have an internal SHarepoint 2010 site that I need to share with 3 or 4 outside consultants.
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zephyr_hex (Megan)DeveloperCommented:
to secure sharepoint and open it to the public, you really should be using something like ISA, or a farm setup where your web front end server sits in a DMZ.
http://mossblogger.blogspot.com/2010/06/extranets-sharepoint-2010-gateway-and.html

but, my guess is that you just want to "punch a hole" through your firewall, and allow access.  this isn't super secure.  you can make it a little more secure by adding https.  but if you really want secure, look into ISA and/or a farm environment with the WFE in a DMZ.

to go the "punch a hole" route:
firewall:  specific instructions depend on your firewall.  the basic idea is to open a port, and forward that port to your sharepoint server.

users:  use AAM in sharepoint to allow more than one authentication method for users.  internal users will use AD/domain credentials.  and you can configure FBA for external users.
FBA: http://blog.summitcloud.com/2009/11/forms-based-authentication-sharepoint-2010-fb/
AAM: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sharepoint/archive/2007/03/06/what-every-sharepoint-administrator-needs-to-know-about-alternate-access-mappings-part-1.aspx

as for suggestions:
if you're only opening this up for 3 or 4 consultants, why not go with some other method... like REMOTE DESKTOP or Terminal Services, with VPN.

p.s.  opening sharepoint up to the outside has licensing implications, too ;)  you'll need the External/Internet Connector license.

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rustyrpageAuthor Commented:
Got it - guess I will go the SSL VPN route.

Thanks!
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