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Set up Microsoft Office Live Small Business Web sites

The Console setup process (Once SBS is set up, how to do the basic configuration through the management console) sets up SBS 2008 for use.  One of the options is for a spit personality Office Live for Small Businesses solution.  Why split, well the e-mail items are held on the SBS 2008 Exchange server, as will the report site services, but the public web site and WSS external collaboration sites will be hosted on the Office Live servers.  This means that things like DNS need a bit more management, but that can all be handled for you.

This is how I configured mine:

Start the process from the console and say I want a new site.  Since SBS 2008 already knows the external address of the SBS box, it offers to enable the DNS to be redirected to Office Live for the www.mydomain.com address

10 - Office Live Setup  10 - Office Live Setup (2) 10 - Office Live Setup (3)

 

We then get into the Office Live sign-up process via the web.  One word of note here, I had installed the box as a US system, not a UK system, so it took me to the US site.  If you change the language settings in the browser (Tools/Options/Language) to EN-GB, then you will get the UK site.  You can see form the pictures below that the sign-up process is simple and secure.

10 - Office Live Setup (4) 10 - Office Live Setup (5) 10 - Office Live Setup (6)

10 - Office Live Setup (7) 10 - Office Live Setup (8) 10 - Office Live Setup (9)

10 - Office Live Setup (10)

 

Once you have finished on the web site it all you need to do is to complete the sign in details below.

 10 - Office Live Setup (11) 10 - Office Live Setup (12) 10 - Office Live Setup (13)            

 

Now for me, that was not the end of the story – the verification e-mail was simply not arriving, even though I requested it to be resent several times.  Eventually I discovered it was the spam filter settings rejecting the mail.  I have reported this as a bug into Microsoft, but in the mean time, to overcome the situation, have a look at How to change spam settings on Exchange 2007 / SBS 2008 to enable some / all / more spam to be delivered to an account for analysis to see how I resolved it.

One again that is it for this stage.  Finally, all the SBS 2008 entries can be found at http://davidoverton.com/blogs/doverton/archive/tags/SBS+2008/default.aspx

ttfn

David


Posted Thu, Jun 5 2008 12:01 AM by David Overton

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David Overton's Blog wrote Once SBS is set up, how to do the basic configuration through the management console
on Thu, Jun 5 2008 12:04 AM

[updated 5th June 2008 - as last 2 sections now online] I saw Vijays’s post on SBS 2008 RC0 Installation

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