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Direct remote connection to different local webpage? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have a WHS box that I would like to use to link to other webpages/servers located on my home network (such as a webcam). How do I go about making the web site links in WHS direct me to these pages when connected by remote connection? 
    WHS links screen
    Right now, if I click on the webcam link my browser tries to load the local IP address of the webcam (192.168.2.253), but because I am not local, it obviously does not work. How do I go about having WHS redirect the traffic as needed so that I can access the device remotly?

      
    Tuesday, January 6, 2009 3:48 AM

Answers

  • Ok, I got it all to work. There is no need to access IIS. You can just setup the links from within the Manage Websites section of the WHS Console. Thanks again!!
    • Marked as answer by Hotwater9 Saturday, January 17, 2009 6:04 AM
    Saturday, January 17, 2009 6:04 AM

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  • Hi,
    if I understand you right, you could change the link to your webcam to point to a certain port of your homeserver.com address (i.e. http://myname.homeserver.com:81) and forward this port 81 in your router to the webcams IP address and port 80 (or whatever it uses).
    Best greetings from Germany
    Olaf
    Tuesday, January 6, 2009 10:12 AM
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  • You can create a subfolder (which I call subweb) under your existing website.  For instance, if your server URL is http://yourserver.yourdomain.com/ create a folder webcam so that your webcam URL would be http://yourserver.yourdomain.com/webcam/   Does this make sense to you?  Ask more questions if it is not clear..
    Tuesday, January 6, 2009 4:48 PM
  • nymphaeles said:

    You can create a subfolder (which I call subweb) under your existing website.  For instance, if your server URL is http://yourserver.yourdomain.com/ create a folder webcam so that your webcam URL would be http://yourserver.yourdomain.com/webcam/   Does this make sense to you?  Ask more questions if it is not clear..

    These web pages are not being hosted on my WHS machine, they are stand alone web pages hosted on a device such as this Panasonic webcam.
    Monday, January 12, 2009 1:23 AM
  • Hotwater, I'd say that nymphaeles was 'less than clear.'
    Quite a few of us (myself inlcluded) have done exactly what you're looking to do, and within IIS on the WHS.
    What you'll need to do is create a new virtual directory within the default website.  This will place it as a subdirectory (e.g. yourname.homeserver.com/subsite) of your existing WHS site.
    When you create the site:  rather than direct it at a local directory (the default setting), you'll configure it to redirect it to a url (e.g. http://yourname.homeserver.com:<portnumber> )
    Then, in your router, you'll forward that port number (that you used when you created the redirect site) to whatever device it needs to go to.

    Usage examples:
    I'm running SharePoint on my WHS; Sharepoint is configured to listen on port 8080.  Therefore, I created a virtual directory that redirects /sharepoint to http://me.homeserver.com:8080; port 8080 is forwarded in my router to the WHS's IP address.
    I'm also running Webguide on my Media Center; that listens on port 1692.  So, I created a virtual directory that redirects /webguide to http://me.homeserver.com:1692, and forwarded port 1692 to the Media Center.
    Once done, it's quite seamless how it works.

    Words of warning:
    Modifying the IIS config on WHS is unsupported, and risks breaking the IIS config in such a way that you might need to do a Server Reinstall to fix it.
    Do not modify/rename/delete/move, or in any way change, the existing IIS items.  I'd also highly suggest that you back up the existing IIS configuration before making any changes.

    HTH,
    Chris
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    Monday, January 12, 2009 2:52 AM
  • THANKS! I got it to work!! I can now acess these items directly. How do I make these items show up in the "Web Sites" listed on the home tab of WHS so that I do not have to remember the extension of each server?
    Saturday, January 17, 2009 1:18 AM
  • Ok, I got it all to work. There is no need to access IIS. You can just setup the links from within the Manage Websites section of the WHS Console. Thanks again!!
    • Marked as answer by Hotwater9 Saturday, January 17, 2009 6:04 AM
    Saturday, January 17, 2009 6:04 AM