how to point to a sharepoint 2010 foundation through commercial hosting like bluehost.com?

Hi guys!

I have a sharepoint 2010 foundation installed in a windows server 2008 R2. I can see my sites in sharepoint locally in my network but I would like to have access to these sites from anywhere or from the internet.

Two years ago, I contacted bluehost.com which is my web hosting company to see if they could point to an Exchange server 2010 with my domain name that I have with them to have access to the OWA over the internet. They were able to do so.... I'm able to access the OWA with my current domain name from bluehost.

Now, I would like to have something similar but with sharepoint 2010 foundation. I contacted them but they were not able to do so......  they can't manage to point to the sharepoint with my current domain name to have access to my sites over the internet. I'm not sure if they are telling the true and it is possible to do it or not. Do you know how I can accomplish this? do you have any ideas?


Thanks,
hugonietoAsked:
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dhawalsethCommented:
Try to host your application with a company, other than Bluehost.com.
To host a SharePoint 2010 foundation is easy if the vendor supports that.

There are other vendors who provide better service at cheap rates than Bluehost
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
Hi,
it depends on the domain name. If its a domain name they host/manage then it looks like they are not willing, otherwise they have no possibilities as the DNS server for that domain is managed by someone else.
Eg they manage "yourdomain.com", then they can create entries in DNS like "owa.yourdomain.com" or "intranet.yourdomain.com" but not "intranet.yoursharepointdomain.com"
HTH
Rainer
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
Similar to what Rainer is saying, if your OWA URL and SharePoint URL are on the same domain (e.g. owa.domain.com and sharepoint.domain.com) then there is no reason they can't do it.  All they are doing is pointing the "sharepoint" record to your public IP address.  This is strictly a DNS issue.

To prepare you must have an Alternate Access Mapping on your web application (and IIS Binding) to accept requests from "sharepoint.domain.com".
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hugonietoAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys for all your help!!

Something that I forgot to mentioned was that the exchange server which I access the OWA is installed in a different box or server than sharepoint 2010. I have two servers..... one IIS has the OWA and the other box with the other IIS has the sharepoint. I have been playing around with this issue and I tried to point the domain name to the sharepoint myself!! I added a A host record in bluehost pointing to my public address.

I'm not sure if that was all I needed to do.... after that I went to the administration panel in sharepoint and then to the alternate access mapping and then to edit the public urls and I included the url from the A host record on bluehost as follow... sharepoint.mydomain.com..... I haven't done anything on the IIS where sharepoint is installed because I'm not sure what to do there....  When I try to browse the sharepoint.mydomain.com url I get a page saying:

403-Forbidden: Access is denied

you do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied


I'm not sure if the url is actually pointing to the sharepoint or I'm missing something in the IIS or I'm in the right path!! Do you think you can guide me in the right direction?



Thanks a lot!
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hugonietoAuthor Commented:
Hey guys!! I figured it out!!!!!! GREAT!!! now I just need to figure out how to apply or install  a SSL into the sharepoint to make the access more secure.... do you have any idea of how to accomplish this?



Thanks a lot!!
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
Like I said above, you need to have an Alternate Access Mapping on your web app for the exact URL you plan on using.  If you want to use SSL, you must have one for that.  You then install the SSL to IIS, like any other site.
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Neil RussellTechnical Development LeadCommented:
Your other consideration that neither you or anybody else has mentioned.....
SharePoint licence!

Are you licenced to allow internet connection to the sharepoint box? Sharepoint licencing is conplex and Expensive.

For an example of the complexity and costs see http://community.bamboosolutions.com/blogs/sharepoint-2010-price-calculator/

BUT for best advice talk to a Microsoft Licencing Specialist.

N
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hugonietoAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for all the help!!

ACHILLES: I did that and now it is working fine... now I just need to install the SSL into IIS.

Neilsr: Does Sharepoint Foundation 2010 requires Licences even though is free?



Thanks,
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Justin SmithSr. System EngineerCommented:
Ignore his comment, Foundation does not require a SharePoint license.
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Rainer JeschorCommented:
@ACH1LLES: sorry but from my point of view you are wrong. SharePoint foundation needs proper WINDOWS CALs hence enabled anonymous / internet users means to have the "Windows Internet Connection" license (which is not that expensive btw - compared to SharePoint Server 2010 Internet license)
@Neilsr: in general you are absolutely right, but it depends on which users will access the site. If it is anonymous users, then it is a licensing issue, if its external users, then it is a licensing issue. If it is only existing internal users - just simply accessing the site without using VPN solutions / not from within the corp network, then it is not a licensing issue. It is always about the CAL (client access license), independent over which line the resource is accessed.

To setup SSL:
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sowmyancs/archive/2010/02/12/how-to-enable-ssl-on-a-sharepoint-web-application.aspx

HTH
Rainer
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hugonietoAuthor Commented:
Thanks!!

Now, that we are talking about CALs... Im little confused about what type of CALs are needed for any windows system.... it is better to get User CALs or Device CALs? Which ones are the best option? Also, I was checking Techsoup.com for this and I found Core CAL suites!! I'm a little confused on what these suites are for? meaning what versions of windows Server, Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Lync Server are for. Check them up and let me know your opinion....


Core User CAL Suite

http://www.techsoup.org/products/core-user-cal-suite--LS-41264--

Core Device CAL Suite

http://www.techsoup.org/products/core-device-cal-suite--LS-41261--


This brings up another question to my head......  If I want to buy some server user or device CALs..... does the server version matters? For example, If I buy windows server 2012, Exchange 2013, or SharePoint 2013 user or device CALs, will these CALs be good for any previous versions as well?


Thanks,
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