It’s time to actually install WSS v3 . . .   YAY!   So, if you haven’t done so already download the Microsoft document here and follow that step-by-step to install WSS v3 in parallel to v2 on your SBS.  Just do me a favor and stop after Step 3 (that’s right – forget about steps 4 & 5)

Here’s the deal – when the Sharepoint configuration completes, you have a new Sharepoint site set up that is bound to port 80 with no host header.  But this stops your default web site so the Sharepoint site can run.  The Microsoft document has you create a new Sharepoint application that uses a funky URL like http://servername:9971/sites/sitename – which isn’t exactly user-friendly.  So go ahead and follow the document through Step 3 and we’ll get this worked out so you have a user-friendly Sharepoint site co-existing with your default web site.

(insert cheesy on hold music . . . )

Ok, so now that you have WSS v3 installed according to Microsoft’s instructions (through Step 3), we want to be able to re-start the default web site (so things like OWA and RWW work), and be able to get to the new Sharepoint site easily.  For the purpose of this post, I’m going to use intranet to access the new Sharepoint site (although you can use anything you want (besides companyweb smile_regular).  The first thing you want to do is make sure that you can get DNS resolution to work for intranet.  So open your DNS MMC, expand <servername>, and expand Forward Lookup Zones.  Right-click on your internal domain name, and select New Host (A).  Create a new A record for ‘intranet’ that points to the internal IP of your SBS, then click Add Host:


Click Done then close the DNS MMC.  Open a command prompt and flush your DNS cache by running  ipconfig /flushdns  then ping intranet and verify that you receive replies from the internal IP of your SBS.

Next, we want to create a new web site that responds to the http://intranet host header and points to the existing Sharepoint v3 application you have already created.  Luckily, we can do this in one place – Sharepoint v3 Central Administration (Start | Administrative Tools | SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration). 

1)  Open SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration, and click on the Application Management tab. 

2)  Under the SharePoint Web Application Management section, click on Create or extend Web application.

3)  Click to Extend existing web application.

4)  On the page that opens, click on the Web Application field and select Change Web Application

5)  On the page that opens, select your SharePoint Web Application. 

6)  In the IIS Web Site section, select the option to create a new web site.

7)  Enter a description for the new site (e.g.  Intranet)

8)  In the Port field, enter 80

9)  In the Host Header field, enter   intranet

10)  Click OK.

Open your web browser and verify that http://intranet opens your new Sharepoint site.  Now we need to remove the web site that Sharepoint setup created. 

1)   Return to the SharePoint 3.0 Central Administration and click on the Application Management tab.

2)   Under the SharePoint Web Application Management section, click on Remve SharePoint from IIS WebSite

3)   In the Web Application section, verify that the web application is http://servername

4)   In the Deletion Options section, verify that the IIS Website is set to SharePoint – 80 (Default)

5)   Select the option to Delete IIS Web sites

6)   Click OK

So now, we have http://intranet resolving to the new Sharepoint site, and we’ve removed the site that SharePoint setup created.  Now all we have to do is start the default web site.  Open IIS Manager, expand servername and expand web sites.  Select the default web site and click the Start button.

Voila!  There you go . . .     In part 5, we’ll discuss the unsupported method of having http://companyweb resolve to this new site, and being able to access it through Remote Web Workplace as well . . .