Here’s where the wizard of SBS Essentials is different than SBS 2011 Standard.

You see in SBS Essentials YOU MUST have a third party cert OR park your domain under their domain in order to have remote access.  You ARE NOT allowed to use self signed certs.

You turn on remote access and it attempts to configure your router.  If it barfs, ignore that it barfed, I’ve never seen this configure a nice good business class firewall as we tend to turn off UPnP, just manually port forward 443 to your server.

I’m skipping the set up and setting it up manually.

It enables the web site

Ignore the fact it can’t set up the router, again we can do this manually, no worries.

Yeah yeah you don’t like my non UPnP router, I get that.

Now comes the nuance you need to be aware of… the “Cert” part of the wizard.

So we’re assuming here you already have a domain name.  Let’s say this domain name is parked over on enom’s domain servers.

We put in the domain name (in this case this domain is set up at enom)

And at this point it stops because you HAVE to buy a SSL cert now.  Now to make your life easier, buy the cert from the domain where your url is parked.  You can set up the SSL cert manually, but your life will be a lot easier to just roll with the wizard.

If your domain that you are setting up is parked at godaddy, it offers up the SSL certs from godaddy.  Again at this point what it’s stopping for and saying  “You need to upgrade” has nothing to do with the domain hosting but EVERYTHING to do with the fact that you MUST have a third party cert with SBS Essentials.

If the domain you are trying to set up isn’t recognized by the domain service (like in this case it was a one) it will throw up a different wizard that you have to walk through manually to get the SSL cert.

I’ll show you what it’s like to buy the cert next, but see how this is done?  It’s a lot different than the wizard of SBS 2011.


Configure the network


This is a required task.

To configure the network

1.   On the Destination Server, open the Dashboard.

2.   Click Server Settings.

3.   Click Turn on Remote Web Access.

4.   Complete the wizard to configure the Router and Domain name.

If your router does not support the UPnP framework, or if the UPnP framework is disabled, there may be a yellow warning icon next to the router name. Ensure that the following ports are open and that they are directed to the IP address of the Destination Server:

·      Port 80: HTTP Web traffic

·      Port 443: HTTPS Web traffic



One Response to SBS 2011 Essentials setups – setting up a domain name

  1. Sean Daniel says:

    This is a good write up, thanks Susan