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Coordinating URLs with AAM and DNS

Mark Arend, Senior Consultant, raised several good questions about coordinating URLs with alternate access mappings and DNS:

  • How do you configure alternate access mappings for single-name URLs, such as http://fabrikam?
  • How do you coordinate load-balanced access to Web applications that are extended with multiple zones, such as http://partnerweb and https://remotepartnerweb.fabrikam.com?

Configuring alternate access mappings can be tricky. After some research and consulting with our astute testers, Troy Starr, as well as working with Mark, I put together the following chart that lists the necessary information for creating or modifying alternate access mappings based on the classic authentication version of the logical architecture design sample.

As you can see, single-name URLs (for example, http://teams) can be configured for Intranet access.  These URLs are resolved by the client by appending the client’s DNS suffix, such as fabrikam.com, and then issuing a DNS lookup for the name with the suffix.  For example, when a client computer in the fabrikam.com domain requests http://teams, the computer sends a request to DNS for http://teams.fabrikam.com. 

In addition to configuring alternate access mappings, some DNS work is necessary as well. DNS must be configured with an A record for each Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). The A record points to the load balanced IP address for the Web servers hosting a site. In a typical production deployment, servers are configure with statically assigned IP addresses, as well as statically assigned A records in DNS. 

After receiving the virtual IP address of the load balancer, the client browser establishes communication with a front-end Web server in the farm, then sends an HTTP request with the original single-name URL, http://teams.  IIS and SharePoint recognize this as a request for the Intranet zone, based on the settings configured in alternate access mappings.  If the user had instead requested https://teams.fabrikam.com, the process would be the same except IIS and SharePoint would receive this FQDN instead, and therefore recognize this request for the Default zone.

In environments with multiple domains, enter CNAME records for DNS in the domains that the sites do not reside in. For example, if the Fabrikam network environment includes a second domain called europe.fabrikam.com, CNAME records are entered for these sites in the Europe domain. For the Team Sites intranet site (http://teams), a CNAME record called teams is added to the europe.fabrikam.com domain that points to teams.fabrikam.com. Then, when a client’s DNS suffix is appended to DNS lookup requests, a request for http://teams from the Europe domain will issue a DNS lookup of teams.europe.fabrikam.com, and be directed by the CNAME record to teams.fabrikam.com.

After learning about how URLs are resolved by the browser, I realized that http://fabrikam is not a great choice for an illustrative URL (http://fabrikam.fabrikam.com?). Consequently, I updated the classic authentication version of the logical architecture design sample with the URL of http://intranet instead. You can download the updated version at  SharePoint Server 2010 design samples: Corporate portal with classic authentication or with claims-based authentication (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=196872).

Finally, there is a known issue with some Kerberos clients and resolving CNAME records. If your environment includes Kerberos authentication,  see Kerberos configuration known issues (SharePoint Server 2010).

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Read the detail about SharePoint 2010 and Remote Blob Storage

What is Remote Blog Storage (RBS) and what can it do for me? View the second part of this SharePoint Team Blog article.

Additional articles on RBS with SharePoint 2010:

  1. Plan for RBS
  2. Manage RBS
  3. Overview of RBS
  4. Install and configure RBS        
  5. Install and configure RBS with 3rd party  provider            
  6. Set a content database to use RBS        
  7. Migrate content into or out of RBS   
  8. Maintain RBS 
  9. Disable RBS on a content database   

It’s also important to note that using an RBS provider, whether the Microsoft one or a third party one, does not increase the data size scalability of SharePoint. All the limits numbers apply whether your data is all in SQL Server or if BLOBs are moved out using an RBS povider. Although there are many benefits of RBS providers, they do not break through the SharePoint supported content database size limits.

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How can I configure my MS Office 2007 setup to include MS Access?

At the time of initial installation we did not selected to install all the office products, like MS Access, Sharepoint & Onenote, but now I want to install them but can not find the way to do that??
I suppose I have the complete setup of Office 2007 setup in my computer, does not selecting any of the components at the time of initial setup means that we can not install it at a later stage?
I am running a Windows XP OS, though Excell, Word & Powerpoint are working perfectly well in my computer, I cant find the setup files. Can anybody tell me the path where theese programs are kept in the computer memory??

Chosen Answer:

Go to Control Panel, Add & Remove Programs. Select Microsoft Office 2007 in the list of installed software and click on Change. The setup procedure will start and you will be able to add Access.
by: Arie
on: 27th January 10

I am looking into running sharepoint off of 3 servers. I need help configuring HP server for this.

I need to Configure HP servers to run Microsoft share point on them. I am looking at the HP DL360. Do you have an recommendations on how to configure this to optimum performance, IE: processor, memory, Hard drives, HBA card to connect to SAN. Thanks a lot for the help. I am sticking with HP for this project but am willing to looking into other servers in the Proliant line. Thanks again!

Chosen Answer:

ur question is related to core networking and i belive yahooanswers is not good for this i suggest u to join site like searchnetworking.com where u will find lots of article and forums too

by: Lisa_cool
on: 7th May 09

Which version of Sharepoint Server is installed on my machine?

I’m running Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise. I installed the Windows Sharepoint Services as a role from the ‘Configure your server’ wizard. Where would I locate the version of WSS? I’m guessing it’s 2.0 but I’m not sure.

Chosen Answer:

I can’t say for sure for WSS, but if you know the name for the WSS DLL that gets loaded you can probably find out from the properties: browse to it, right click, properties, version.

This will be the internal MS version code, but a numeric version should correspond to a shipped numeric version. (For example, new XP OS files are tagged as version 6.)
by: Tim C.
on: 1st November 09

Windows Default profile question?

I have this problem with the default profile in microsoft windows xp. When I configure the system and copy the configured profile, let’s call it temp1, back to the default profile the following happens.

1. When I log into windows under any other username/profile than temp1 when trying to make changes in excel and word the username of the modified is always temp1. This is also when editing documents from sharepoint team services web pages.
2. I run office as the temp1 user to configure office so I can copy it back to the default profile so office does not need to install for every user.
3. When I decided not to configure the temp1 profile and copy it back to default profile, i ran office as an administrator and was able to use word, outlook, and excel. When I logged back in as any other user the computer asks to have the source media for office. I have already installed Microsoft Office 2003 Enterprise with all the service packs and updates installed.

Any ideas to make work?

Chosen Answer:

You need to open the NTUSER.DAT file in regedit. Go through it and take out user specific entries. Maybe search it for “temp1″ or find out the sid of temp1 and search for that string.

Install office from a shared network location, preferably a hidden share that users have read access to.
by: rar
on: 29th August 06