Solved

How to setup an Intranet and have it accessible from the outside?

Posted on 2015-01-19
13
157 Views
Last Modified: 2015-02-13
Hi. We have a full website that's being hosted outside but recently I've been asked to create an Intranet of sorts.
Essentially we'd like to have some webpages hosted on our own servers and have employees use their existing Active Directory credentials to login/access materials.
Some of the roadblocks I'm hitting are:
- how to create a login page that uses AD to authenticate users?
- how to have a series of web pages accessible to people outside of our network?
I work in IT by myself so I don't really have anyone to bounce ideas off of, etc so at a minimum I'm looking to see how other's would proceed in tackling this.
I'm not sure what technologies would be recommended for doing something like this.
0
Comment
Question by:homerslmpson
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
  • 3
  • +2
13 Comments
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:pgm554
ID: 40558959
If you have Windows server 2003 and above,you have a built in SharePoint app you can set up to do everything you need.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ihvjb7KR-Q
0
 
LVL 23

Assisted Solution

by:savone
savone earned 100 total points
ID: 40558965
It is not wise to have an internal web server that is able to be accessed from outside the network.  You are asking for trouble.

It is better to have an outside web server that can be accessed from inside. Although that poses other issues with AD integration.

This isn't something to be taken lightly.  I suggest you do a lot more research.  Just my two cents.
0
 
LVL 81

Assisted Solution

by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
David Johnson, CD, MVP earned 100 total points
ID: 40558979
you have to install IIS on a computer
under authentication in iis add windows authentication.
http://www.iis.net/ is a good site for information
0
Windows Server 2016: All you need to know

Learn about Hyper-V features that increase functionality and usability of Microsoft Windows Server 2016. Also, throughout this eBook, you’ll find some basic PowerShell examples that will help you leverage the scripts in your environments!

 
LVL 81

Expert Comment

by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
ID: 40558983
If you have Windows server 2003 and above,you have a built in SharePoint app you can set up to do everything you need  No you don't.  Maybe with SBS versions

It is not wise to have an internal web server that is able to be accessed from outside the network.  You are asking for trouble.It is better to have an outside web server that can be accessed from inside. Although that poses other issues with AD integration.
Another load of FUD
0
 
LVL 18

Expert Comment

by:Walter Curtis
ID: 40559063
(These comments don't built on any of the above comments and are a new approach)

Essentially we'd like to have some webpages hosted on our own servers and have employees use their existing Active Directory credentials to login/access materials.

This statement from your questions indicates that you are planning to have an internal farm. In that case, the servers used will be a part of your internal domain. Users of that domain will be able to access the site with no additional modifications of the "out of the box" settings required by you. (Just the standard routine of entering settings and configurations.) You will need to prepare for the installation by reading the installation guide, but it is straight forward.

Your other requirement is a bit more challenging and there are more then one way to handle the solution:

how to have a series of web pages accessible to people outside of our network?

I am assuming that you will be keeping your hosting service. Within SharePoint there is a feature called content deployment. You should be able to selectively deploy content from your internal site to you hosted site. You may run in to issues with different versions or hierarchies, but this might be a possibility for you. Another possibility, depending upon all of the various versions, settings, demand for content, update schedule may be a back-up and restore on a schedule, using PowerShell or other tools. To be honest, that requirement is very hard to answer in a paragraph because of all of the different variables involved.

It is also possible to give the outside access to your intranet site, but try to avoid that (for security reasons) at all costs.

Hope that helps...
0
 
LVL 30

Expert Comment

by:pgm554
ID: 40559098
The basic SharePoint built in to Windows server should perform the  functions of what he is asking.
SBS is a bit more robust,but the rudimentary intranet functionality should do fine.
There are forms and templates that he can download to add additional functions if need be from M$'s site for free.
0
 
LVL 18

Assisted Solution

by:Walter Curtis
Walter Curtis earned 200 total points
ID: 40559822
Actually,  there is no SharePoint built in to a Windows Server anymore, if there ever was. It is a separate download, with various versions available. Microsoft web site has all of the updated information. SharePoint's current version is 2013.

SBS also no longer exist. It has been replaced. Again, check the current information from Microsoft.

Hope that helps,
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:homerslmpson
ID: 40559844
Sharepoint is OUT of the question lol it's upwards of $30K for the Sharepoint Server and 115 User CALs.  There is no way that's going to fly, that I could assure you.  
Going to keep looking. Likely going to push for a cloud-based Intranet service.  MUCH cheaper than $30K plus the admins, etc can update the files/folder themselves instead of relying on the sole IT guy who has enough stuff on his plate.
0
 
LVL 30

Accepted Solution

by:
pgm554 earned 100 total points
ID: 40560087
SharePoint Foundation is free.
It is limited in it's scope,but that's why it's free.
0
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:homerslmpson
ID: 40560105
Thanks for the info. I wasn't aware they had a foundation version.

I have a feeling if we tried to use foundation though, we'd hit a snag rather quickly due to the lack of features, etc.
0
 
LVL 18

Assisted Solution

by:Walter Curtis
Walter Curtis earned 200 total points
ID: 40560160
Foundation is feature rich and is a great free product. Most companies will not notice any lack of "features".
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:homerslmpson
ID: 40607726
Thanks guys. I'm going to have to look into the free Sharepoint software when I have some time.
0

Featured Post

Building an interactive eFuture classroom

Watch and learn how ATEN provided a total control system solution including seamless switching matrix switch, HDBaseT extenders, PDU, lighting control to build an interactive eFuture classroom.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

A project that enables an administrator to perform actions within a user session context not just at the time of login but any time later on day(s) or week(s) later.
Had a business requirement to store the mobile number in an environmental variable. This is just a quick article on how this was done.
Microsoft Active Directory, the widely used IT infrastructure, is known for its high risk of credential theft. The best way to test your Active Directory’s vulnerabilities to pass-the-ticket, pass-the-hash, privilege escalation, and malware attacks …
If you're a developer or IT admin, you’re probably tasked with managing multiple websites, servers, applications, and levels of security on a daily basis. While this can be extremely time consuming, it can also be frustrating when systems aren't wor…

688 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question