Hosting a Business Card Web Site
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You can establish a Web presence for your company by using a business card Web site. The site can contain basic information about your company, such as its name, logo, location, contact information (e-mail, phone number, and fax, for example), a brief description, and any other information about your business that you may want to add to the Web site. You can host the site either through your Internet service provider (ISP) or on your server that is running the Microsoft® Windows® Small Business Server 2003 server software (Windows SBS 2003) with Service Pack 1 (SP1) or Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (Windows SBS 2003 R2).
This document tells you how to host your business card Web site on your server.
Before You Begin
Before you begin hosting your business card Web site, you must complete Setup for Windows SBS 2003 with SP1 or for Windows SBS 2003 R2, and you must complete Setup on the client computers. In addition, you must complete the following tasks:
- Install Microsoft FrontPage® 2003 on one of the client computers. It is recommended that you use FrontPage to create your business card Web site. FrontPage is included with the Premium Edition of both Windows SBS 2003 with SP1 and Windows SBS 2003 R2. To install FrontPage on a client computer, insert the FrontPage disc into the CD drive, and then follow the on-screen instructions.
- Register an Internet domain name (for example, www.wingtiptoys.com) so that users can access services on your server from the Internet and can use Internet e-mail. For information about registering a domain name, click Start, click Help and Support, and then search for “Accredited Registrar Directory.”
The skill level required to complete the steps in this document assumes general knowledge of how to create and publish a Web site using FrontPage, and a basic understanding of the concepts of user accounts, groups, and permissions in a client/server environment.
To host a business card Web site, complete the following steps:
- Configure permissions for publishing the business card Web site.
- Create the basic Web pages by using FrontPage.
- Allow internal Web sites to be discoverable by Internet search engines.
- Configure the firewall to publish the business card Web site.
Step 1: Configure permissions for publishing the business card Web site
After you create a business card Web site on your local network, you may want someone to manage the Web site who does not have administrative access to the network. If so, you must grant that person permission to add and modify files in the root of the Default Web Site.
Complete this step only if the person responsible for managing the Web site is not a member of the Domain Admins group.
In this step, you create a security group for a user who is not an administrator, add the user to the security group, and then grant the security group permission to add or modify files in the root of the Default Web Site. If you assign permission to a security group instead of to an individual user account, you do not need to reconfigure the permission every time the Web site manager changes.
To create a security group and a add user to the group
Click Start, and then click Server Management.
From the taskpad in the details pane, click Add a Security Group.
In the Add a Security Group Wizard, do the following:
- On the Security Group Information page, enter the name (for example, Web Masters) and description of the security group.
- On the Group Membership page, click Next.
- Click Finish.
Click Users, and then in the details pane right-click the account of the user that will be responsible for managing the Web site. Click Properties.
In the Properties dialog box, on the Member of tab, click Add.
In the Select Users, Computers, or Groups dialog box, under Enter the object names to select (examples), type the name of the security group (for example, Web Masters) that you created.
To grant permission to access the root of the Default Web Site
Click Start, and then click Server Management.
In the console tree, double-click Advanced Server Management, double-click Internet Information Services, double-click the server name, and then double-click Web Sites.
Right-click Default Web Site, and then click Permissions.
In the %systemdrive%\inetpub\wwwroot dialog box, click Add.
In the Select Users, Computers, or Groups dialog box, under Enter the object names to select (examples), type the name of the security group you created (for example, Web Masters).
In the %systemdrive%\inetpub\wwwroot dialog box, under Permissions for NameOfSecurityGroup (for example, Web Masters), in the Allow column, select Write.
Step 2: Create Web Pages by Using FrontPage
In this step, you create the basic Web pages with FrontPage 2003. To complete the following procedure, you must use either an account that is a member of the Domain Admins group or the account that you assigned permissions to in Step 1.
To create Web pages by using FrontPage
Log on to a client computer that has FrontPage installed on it.
Click Start, select All Programs, select Microsoft Office, and then click Microsoft Office FrontPage 2003.
On the File menu, click Open Site. The Open Site dialog box appears.
In the Site name box, type http://ServerName (where ServerName is the name of your server), and then click Open.
In the Folders view, on the Web Site tab, right-click, default.htm file, and then click Rename.
Rename default.htm to default.backup.htm. Click Yes in the Confirm Rename dialog box. The default.htm file acts as a placeholder file until you create your new business card Web site. Creating a backup of this placeholder file enables you to retrieve the file if needed.
On the File menu, click New.
In the New task pane, under New Web site, click More Web site templates.
In the Web Site Templates dialog box, on the General tab, select the Corporate Presence Web Wizard. You can us this wizard to create a presence for your company on the World Wide Web. The wizard asks you a series of questions about your company (mission statement, company profile, contact information, for example) and about the kind of information that you would like to present.
Follow the instructions to complete the wizard.
After you complete the wizard, new tasks appear in the Tasks view to help you edit them. Complete all the tasks in the Task view of the Web Site folder.
To publish the newly created Web pages:
- On the View menu, click Remote Web Site.
- In the Remote Web Site Properties dialog box, in the Remote Web site location box, type http://ServerName (where ServerName is the name of your server), and then click OK.
- Under the Remote Web site pane, select Local to remote, and then click Publish Web site.
Step 3: Allow Internal Web Sites to Be Discoverable by Internet Search Engine
Web robots are components of the Internet that automatically search and catalog documents and pages that are published on the Internet. The Web robots do this by following hyperlinks on the pages that have been published. But Windows SBS 2003 with SP1 and Windows SBS 2003 R2 prevent Web robots from automatically cataloguing any of the Web sites on your server by creating a file named “Robots.txt” in the %systemdrive%\Inetpub\wwwroot folder.
If you want your business card Web site indexed on the Internet, but you also want to hide the Remote Web Workplace logon page and other Web sites that are on your server, you can replace the default version of Robots.txt with an alternate version named Robots(AllowRoot).txt.
To allow the Business Card Web site to be discoverable on the Internet
In My Computer, navigate to %systemdrive%\Inetpub.
Right-click Robots(AllowRoot).txt, and then click Copy.
Navigate to %systemdrive%\Inetpub\wwwroot, and then paste Robots(AllowRoot).txt.
Delete the existing Robots.txt file in %systemdrive%\Inetpub\wwwroot.
Rename Robots(AllowRoot).txt to Robots.txt.
Step 4: Configure the Firewall to Publish Your Business Card Web Site
After you create the basic Web pages, the next step is to allow access to your Web site. To do this, use the Configure E-mail and Internet Connection Wizard to configure the firewall to publish the Web site.
To configure the firewall to publish your business card Web site
Click Start, and then click Server Management. In the console tree, click Internet and E-mail. In the details pane, click Connect to the Internet.
On the Connection Type page, click Do not change connection type.
If the Firewall page appears, click Enable firewall.
If the Services Configuration page appears, click Next.
On the Web Services Configuration page, do one of the following, but not both:
- If you use FrontPage Server Extensions to publish content to the Windows SBS default Web site from a computer that is outside the local area network, click Allow access to the entire Web site from the Internet, and then click Next.
If you do not want to grant access to the entire Web site, you can either use FrontPage Server Extensions to publish the content from a client computer that is on the local area network, or you can use a different method, such as File Transfer Protocol (FTP), to upload the content.
- Under **Allow access to only the following Web site services from the Internet**, select **Business Web site (wwwroot)**, and then click **Next**.
On the Web Server Certificate page, select Do not change current Web server certificate.
On the Internet E-mail page, select Do not change Internet e-mail configuration.
Your new business card Web site can now be accessed from the Internet at http://www.RegisteredDomainName.com or http://RegisteredDomainName.com, where RegisteredDomainName.com is the registered domain name of your business. Contact your ISP if you have additional questions about how to access your business card Web site. All content that previously existed on this site, such as Remote Web Workplace and Outlook Mobile Access, are still available at their original Web locations.