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Publish SharePoint 2010 web-site to Internet

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What is the best way to make a Sharepoint 2010 Enterprise web-site public and is there a step by step guide that I can follow?

I have searched this question a lot and seen many postings. But I also saw something about "Extending" a Sharepoint 2010 web-site to make it public.

One thing I did like about Extending a web-site is you can easily setup multiple seperate URL and create duplicate web-sites. I need this because the web-site is actually a business application that will be used by different users and store different data.
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by:Justin Smith
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Depending on your requirements, alot of the work is done outside of SharePoint.  You must point an external URL to your server, you must poke a hole in your firewall to allow traffic, ect.

The least that you need to do is make your SharePoint site accessable to anonymous users.  You don't have to extend to do this.  But most people extend their current site, which will allow them to use another URL to get to the same content, and they allow anonymous access on that URL (which is a setting on the extend page).

You will also need to grant anon access on your site.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263363(office.12).aspx
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by:AccessYourBiz_Com
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I have heard about making an entry in AAM but is that just for SP 2007 or do I have to do that in SP2010 as well?

Do you have a good reference for work outsdie of sharepoint?
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by:Justin Smith
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Yes it applies to 2010.  But when you extend your web app, you will create an AAM entry (it's part of the process).

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by:AccessYourBiz_Com
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I was hoping for some additional feedback on the maing the site public in terms of setting up the router and ports to channel the Public IP to the local IP. I am correct in thinking that there is setup involved with ip/port forwarding on the router?
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Justin Smith earned 2000 total points
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Yes but that should really be a seperate question and posted in network related zones.  All routers are different so there is no golden answer to that.
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by:AccessYourBiz_Com
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hhhm, I guess I posted the question in the wrong area then.
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by:AccessYourBiz_Com
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I did not gain any knowledge in the area I was looking for. I wanted to know how to make the sharepoint site available publicly. I knew alot of the work was to be done outside of sharepoint.  I had read many other posts about it but was looking for a step by step method that I could follow more easily.
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by:Justin Smith
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Not really, but you added to it.  You original quesiton seemed to be focused on the SharePoint application.  Once I brought up the "outside SharePoint" work, you wanted to know about that.  

So you have the SharePoint related info you need in this question.  Your next step is to open another question about poking holes in your router to allow web traffic in. Post in network related zones.
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by:AccessYourBiz_Com
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Thanks for your time ACH1LLES. I am not sure I agree with you but it doesn't matter. Regardless I blame myself for not formuatling my question better. I appreciate your help and I will post a question to another category at a later time.
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