I have a server running with Win2k3 and WSS 3.0. I use the server as a sort of ftp server, where my collegues can share files with external people.
I configured an alternate access mapping in WSS Central Administration to publish the site on the internet. I configured a public URL 'http://extranet.mydomain.com'
for zone Internet. Then I forwarded port 443 to the server IP in my firewall. I tested the connection trough the internet, and everything seem to work fine. I can connect to my WSS website.
This gives me 2 URL's to the site.
- one for accessing from insite the network - http://extranet
- one for accessing from outside the network - https://extranet.mydomain.com
Hope I can make myself clear on this one..... When I add a picture or an icon to the website, I set it on the internal URL. So that people inside the network can see it. People who logon from outside the network cannot see the icon or picture, because it is linked to an internal URL where they don't have access to.
Is this the right way to publish a WSS site on the internet for these purposes? Is there a way that external users see my custom website icons?
For every external user, I have to create seperate logon accounts. Usually it involves clients or resellers. I create these account manually using Active Directory. In my opinion that can't be the best way to do that.
Is there a better way to grant access to external users?