Externally hosting a web site in SBS 2003 [Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

Hiya – here is an intersting excerpt from my book Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices (da’ pueple book) regarding the external hosting of web pages in a SBS 2003 environment. The debate has alwas been whether to host internally or externally…..read on….

BTW – I am posting up a few pages per day until SBS 2008 ships!



Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation www.smbnation.com

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

PS – did u know I host an annual conference in Seattle each october for SBSers and SMB consultants? This year we help launch SBS 2008 and Essential Business Server (EBS) between October 4-6!


Externally Hosting a Web Site

Repeat after me: Never host your external Web site on an SBS 2003 server machine! That’s because you’re better off to select a Web hosting service with fatter Internet pipes, better backup batteries, and a just plain “better fit” for the

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Web hosting duty. I recommend you consider contracting with Microsoft’s bCentral services, seen in Figure 10-10, to host your Web page that you create with FrontPage 2003.

Figure 10-10

Services such as Microsoft’s bCentral are better equipped to host your Web page (rather than your SBS 2003 server machine).

BEST PRACTICE: I’ve said it several times in the book (Chapter 4, Chapter 8 and here) and Microsoft concurs. Please don’t use your SBS 2003 server machine for Web hosting unless necessary. But this time my rant takes a different tact. Port 80, opened by selecting the Business Web option on the Web Services page of the EICW, allows you to be crawled and sometimes worse.

If you must have port 80 open, please use a text file that slaps crawlers: robots.txt. Learn more about this approach at http://www.robotstxt.org/wc/robots./html and for a real good time, look (and learn) at a real robots.txt file such as http://www.cnn.com/robots.txt.

Visiting a Web Site

No chapter would be complete without launching Internet Explorer and visiting an interesting SBS-related Web site. So select Internet from Start on a personal computer attached to the Internet and wait for Internet Explorer to launch. Type http://www.smbnation.com in the Address field and press Enter. Your screen should look similar to Figure 10-11.

Figure 10-11

A shameless plug for the SMB Nation conference series that focuses on SBS. See you there!

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And that’s all folks when it comes to working with IIS, including using FTP and creating a Web site. If you read closely, you would have caught my stern endorsement that external Internet Web pages should be hosted with your ISP, not on your SBS server.  The FTP exercise was not only real-world in nature, even to the point of using a third-party FTP client, but you learned one method for making FTP more secure (by requiring a VPN connection first). Finally, the SMB Nation conference series, a friend of the SBS community, was highlighted.


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One response to “Externally hosting a web site in SBS 2003 [Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

  1. It seems like your book will be a great read, looking forward to the release.

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