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Can Remote Web Work Place be setup without a domain?

Hi there, just wondering can RWW be setup on SBS 2008 with out having a domain registered?

If So, how is this done?

Cheers.
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
RWW requires a domain.
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I disagree with cliff on this.  You can certainly access it if you don't have a registered domain name.  But why wouldn't you just register a name which only costs about $10 a year?!?!?

For ten bucks you wouldn't have to remember the IP address or monkey around with anything to get it to work properly.

The whole point of domain names is to make it easier to remember how to access a server.  

Jeff
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Actually it's even cheaper than I said... GoDaddy is now registering .info domains for just $2.99/year, or .us domains for $3.99/year.  You don't have to use a .com domain.

Jeff
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Olaf De CeusterCommented:
I thought you needed a local domain for RWW  to work. I have never seen it work in workgroup setting. Even in essentials it needs an existing domain or run as a DC.
However I could be wrong.
Having an external domain is defenitly wothwhile and makes it much more civil.

Olaf
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Olaf, that's not the question.  SBS can't even be installed in a workgroup.

The issue is whether or not a REGISTERED domain is needed, and you can actually set it up with the IP address but it's messy and for three bucks a year, why wouldn't you use a domain.  :-)

Jeff
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Cris HannaCommented:
Actually SBS 2008 and later cannot be accessed by IP.  Cliff is correct.  You must access it using the fully qualified domain name you create when running the Set up your internet address wizard
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Well, I guess I have to prove it to you both...

Here's accessing an SBS 2008 RWW page via IP:

RWW via IP Address
And here is accessing an SBS 2011 RWW page via IP:

RWW 2011 via IP
Like I said, it's messy... you will get a certificate error because you cannot create the certificate with an IP address, so you have to just make up a domain name in the Internet Address wizard.  Then you can access RWW via https://<ip address>/remote
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MXDEWDAuthor Commented:
HI Jeff, that's awesome. So what do I do the server end to allow this?
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Cris HannaCommented:
Did you try connecting to a workstation?  If the cert is not valid...and it still wouldn't be in your scenario, you cannot connect to a workstation.  And that's pretty much the reason for RWW
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Jeffrey Kane - TechSoEasyPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
That's true -- you cannot connect to a workstation with this method, unless you create an entry in the hosts file of the computer you are connecting from which points your certificate's fqdn name to the ip address and then use the fqdn to connect.

Like I said, it's MESSY and I do NOT recommend doing it.  Just the fact that it CAN be done doesn't make it a the right thing to do.

Jeff
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MXDEWDAuthor Commented:
OK, thanks Jeff - I think you have answered my question.
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