Running WHS webpage and SharePoint on port 443 RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have installed SharePoint foundation on WHS 2011 and configured it to allow SSL connections.
    My better half thereafter realised the power of SharePoint and quickly started to use it as a central location to share things with her relatives scattered overseas.
    Both WHS site https://<site>.homeserver.com and SharePoint https://<site>.homeserver.com:25000 works like a charm and can be accessed externally.
    All are happy, except for me!
    I can access WHS site from my office but not the SharePoint. The reason which I believe is that all non standard ports are blocked by the office firewall.
    How can I set both SharePoint and WHS homepage to co-exist on port 443, at least externally, so I can access it from office?
    I am thinking that if I set the SharePoint site to something like https://<site>.homeserver.com/SharePoint and then redirect it in IIS to https://<site>.homeserver.com:25000 that should resolve this issue. The problem is that I am really new to IIS and do not know if HTTPS redirection is even possible.
    I think a similar method is employed on SBS 2011 where the SharePoint site is defined similarly https://<domain>/remote/InternalWebsite. SBS is overkill for home use in my opnion as it needs lot more resources than WHS.
    I am aware about the fact that SharePoint is not officially supported on WHS so I am on my own here.
    Any advise or guidance is much appreciated.
    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 5:24 AM

All replies

  • If your office is blocking non-standard ports the redirect won't work. A redirect effectively tells your browser that the content it requested is to be found at some other URL, so you will still have the same problem.

    However, have you forwarded the correct port from your router to your server? If not, Windows Home Server won't forward it automatically using UPnP. As soon as you start using services that require additional ports, you really need to allocate a static IP to your server and forward everything manually.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 12:21 PM
  • Thanks for the reply Ken.

    Yes, WHS is assigned a static IP and ports 443 and 25000 are forwarded from the router to the WHS box. (SharePoint and WHS webpage can be accessed externally by our relatives overseas and I can also access both sites from a friend's place)

    Looks like I'm out-of-luck with the redirect.

    Wednesday, June 29, 2011 11:58 PM
  • What you want to do is possible, but probably well beyond your skills. What I would probably try is to bind the Sharepoint site to a specific URL. There's a lot more to it than that (including needing an additional SSL certificate for the second URL), which is why I say it's likely to be beyond your skills.

    You may want to ask on IIS.Net to see if you can find a little more targeted help; what you're looking for is really pretty far off subject for this forum, I'm afraid.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, June 30, 2011 12:31 AM
  • I am happy to hear the positive news that it's possible.

    I will ask on IIS.net and post here if I ever get that to working.

    Thursday, June 30, 2011 2:48 AM
  • Be careful. What you want to do is A) unsupported, and B) rife with opportunities to screw up your server pretty thoroughly.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, June 30, 2011 4:09 AM