Installing FrontPage Server Extentsions on WHS RRS feed

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  •  Using VS 2008 I want to create a website on my WHS which is running IIS.  The problem is that it needs FrontPage Server Extnetions installed.  When I remote into my WHS and try to install via the add programs it starts but then asks for a disk (Windows Small Business 2003).  I have tried using the WHS disk but to no avail; it cannot find a dll it is looking for.  Thus my question is - is there any way to get FrontPage Server Extnsions installed.


    Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:34 PM

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  • Using FrontPage Server Extensions on your server is unsupported, and I would not recommend it, unless you're extremely familiar with the way WHS works.

    If you decide to proceed, it's possible to install them, but you will need to manually select the appropriate folder. That will be <driveletter>:\SVR_2003\i386 where <driveletter> is your DVD drive.
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Wednesday, November 19, 2008 12:58 PM
  • Thanks for the response.

    By unsupported do you mean I won't find help if I run into a problem or that it might crash the entire server becuase of some other feature like load balancing?

    Do you think there would be a problem if I installed XP as a virtual machine on WHS and ran IIs with FrontPage that way?

    Thursday, November 20, 2008 2:44 AM
  • By "unsupported" I mean that Windows Home Server, unlike a desktop OS, is not designed to be modified by the end user in any way from the installation configuration. Microsoft provides no free tech support for the operating system; users who buy a preconfigured machine should go first to their vendor and then to the forums here. Users who buy the software as a "system builder package" are presumed to be technically proficient and able to discover their own solutions, or they may come here. In addition, you take a risk that a future revision of the product (perhaps the next Power Pack, whatever Microsoft decides to call it and if/when it's available) will either be broken because of your modification, or will break what you've changed. And for the most part, Microsoft will probably close bug reports about unsupported modifications without much comment beyond noting an application compatibility issue.

    The way the end user is expected to extend his server is by installing add-ins, such as the avast! AV/AV management add-in, or mControl (home automation) etc. The author of the add-in will presumably have tested and determined that nothing they do is likely to break the server, or be broken by possible future updates.

    To your specific question, I installed FrontPage extensions while WHS was still in beta. It caused no problems at the time, but I wasn't interested in using my server as a web development server (it's not the target market) so I removed them within a few days. I recommend against it because FrontPage gets it's hooks all through IIS when installed, and Windows Home Server uses the web sites on the server for a number of purposes. If you're comfortable with sorting out an issue that nobody has ever seen before, go ahead. Just realize that there's a small chance you'll shortly be exploring uncharted Windows Home Server territory.

    And no, virtualization is no more supported on your server than anything else that requires you to log in directly to a desktop session, either with physically connected keyboard/video/mouse, or Remote Desktop.

    In general, my advice (pretty much throughout the forums :) ) is to do nothing to your production server that you haven't tested to death on a dev/testing server. Your production server contains (presumably) family photos, financial/medical record, and other precious and irreplaceable files. It's very unlikely that anything bad will happen from installing FrontPage, but it would be unfortunate if an untested modification to the server were to corrupt all the files in your shares, because there may be no way to recover the lost data.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, November 20, 2008 1:10 PM