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How to setup a Company Intranet in Windows SBS 2003

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I know this answer could have been achieved through searches, but I want the best, effective, and simplest way to setup an Intranet on my company network (Windows SBS 2003 + 25 XP/7 workstations). A detailed tutorial or step-by-step would be helpful...

Thank you in advance
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1. Start the Internet Service Manager
2. Right-click the Web site to be configured, and then click Properties.
3. On the Web Site tab, select the IP address that the site will use.

Note: if you only have one IP address on the server, select All Unassigned, and set the TCP Port that should be used (usually 80).
4. Click Advanced.
5. In the Multiple identities for this Web Site list, select the identity that you want to use.
6. Click Edit, and then add the desired host header name.  

OK, so the requirements:

1.You create a new site in IIS
2.In IIS you give the site 1 or more "host headers" - names it can be accessed by, eg http://newsite and http://www.newsite.com - note, you do not put in the http:// in the host header field
3.You create a CNAME entry in your local dns for the http://newsite site that points to your sevrers IP address
4.You buy the domain name for newsite.com and have the IP address point to the IP address for your sevrer.
5.It should all work
Note, you can NOT get to your new site with the IP address, you have to use the name.

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Hi meko72, thank you for a quick reply. I'll try this in a few hours hands-on. One quick question, if the site is just http://newsite for example, why do I need to *buy* the domain name for that? Isn't an intranet, exclusively private and internal to the company? By purchasing a domain name and tying it into the external web, isn't that more of an extranet? Pardon the ignorance if I am off base, but I just want to clarify what I'm looking for-

1. A private internal website for my employees to view only (posting memos, company news, etc.)
2. I don't want anyone from the outside LAN to ever access this intranet.
3. I am using Windows SBS 2003
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Yes your correct, You dont have to buy the domain name.

Usually when you create a internal site the address is something like Http://fs001/intenal web

Do you not have sharepoint running that is part of SBS??
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I do have sharepoint running...
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If you have share point running then you can already use it for memos, news etc...

Just go to http://companyweb

You'll find all the tools you need to import documents into SharePoint in the Server Management Console > Standard Management > Internal Web Site.

Be sure to click on the "More Information" link in that snap-in, or open the Server Management Console > Standard Management > Information Center > Documentation > Manage your Intranet
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Thanks, I will accept your answer but was wondering if you can help further (we can discuss). Is there a way to contact you off-site?
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