Setting up something in server 2003...not sure what its called.

ShockTech

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Hello,

Im trying to setup a test enviroment for my high school (Yes, I'm a student there).

Anyways, I have a server that I'm trying to setup as a way for the computer shop to access their personal websites on a "intranet". Basically there will be this server, a router, and about 15 client boxes.

I'm trying to get it so that each student can type in say http://student1 into their browser and it will point to their folder on the server. Right now all I can get to work is http://server1/student1

Is this possible? If so, what am I doing wrong?

Thanks for any help you guys can throw out!
 

Grentz

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You have to have the Server Name then the Folder. That is the way it works.

Your server name is actually a IP address (thanks to the Naming Service). So the PCs are actually going to http://ServerIP/foldername

Say the server is 192.168.1.1:

http://192.168.1.1/foldername

Its just the way it works, you cannot have each folder be a top level domain (which is the Server Name in this case).


Only other thing I could think that might work is to setup DNS and make a DNS entry for each folder and point it to the http://Server/foldername but that seems like a bit of overkill and a ton of manual work...
 

RiDDLeRThC

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I did the same thing for my Web Design class in high school, what I did so students didn't have to remember some odd server name is we just named the server R2 so they could access files by going to http://r2/student1
 

da sponge

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depending how many students, you could alias the students names to the server name in DNS and use IIS host headers to redirect to the appropriate folder. (using http://server/student is recommended though).
 

ktwebb

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I would think you could use a Host header and build sites out for each share rather than a virtual directory. This would require CName records in DNS and for all I know it might not work. But logically I don't see a problem with that. Just never tried it. I may try it on a test server just for giggles.

Edit:

Well how did I miss that post above. Ok, cool. Saves me some time setting that up locally.
 

ShockTech

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Alright thanks for the help.

I figured I could do the host header method using DNS...but its really not that worth it to me....going to server1/student1 isnt that big of a deal.

Also, if Im using just a basic router (say an off the shelf d link router) will that do the job in supplying IP addresses to the boxes in the "intranet"?

Thanks for the help
 

marley1

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cant u do active directory with a logon script?

everytime the user sign on, just map a new drive letter or my documents over to the server.
 

ktwebb

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Actually if you read the OP you saw where he/she is trying to get user folder content availablity to that user. The question/recommendation, I assume, was suggesting just mapping a drive instead of going through the hassle of a website. The OP does not elaborate enough to make assumptions to the contrary.
 

da sponge

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indeed, not enough detail. I assumed by "website" and "intranet" he was referring to some kind of web based content, but he does make mention of folders, so who knows.
 
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