Those lessons can come hard and fast when life is running at 115% ... which is virtually near meltdown.
And, not paying attention to the SBS 2008 AnswerFile help (previous blog post containing the help) is a sure fire way to find one of those lessons very quickly!
On to the problem at hand:
Internet Address Management Error Details
The server cannot configure Remote Web Workplace. To correct this problem, run the Fix My Network Wizard
Okay, this is really strange!
The kicker: Remote Web Workplace works from the Internet! But, as soon as the link to the internal Companyweb SharePoint site is clicked, the browser URL monitor at the bottom right of IE flashes http://sites/ and then a Page Cannot Be Displayed error.
This particular install of SBS 2008 RC1 was the fourth run at it. The first two cratered to what turned out to be bad sectors on one of the RAID 0+1 array members.
So, by now things were getting to be a little more than frustrating.
After running the Fix My Network wizard to try and correct the problem, we were getting absolutely nowhere.
In an email exchange with the Dev Team via the Microsoft Connect Web site it was discovered that a setting in the AnswerFile was the culprit ... mea culpa.
Here is a mock up of the answer file as it was used to run the four setup attempts:
And, here is what the answer file looks like when the setting is correct (to see side by side right click and Open in new Window for both):
SBS 2008 Answer File: Wrong Setting
If you catch the error, good for you! ;)
SBS 2008 Answer File: Right Setting
Just to recap from the AnswerFile Help:
Certification authority name (optional)
The name of the certification authority that you want to use. If you leave this field blank, Windows SBS 2008 uses the internal domain name and the server name (syntax -) to generate a self-signed certificate (for example, Contoso-Server1-CA). This is the name in the Issued By field when you view the certificate from the Internet.
Important: Do not use the domain name as the certification authority name.
The setting that we had: remote.mpecsinc.ca
The setting that we should have had: [blank] or something like MPECS Inc. as indicated in the correct AnswerFile.
Notice, that a quick reading of the AnswerFile help may not yield the best results ... as is the case here. 8*/
A closer read of the particular section in question, Certificate Authority Name, clearly indicates what this particular field is for:
Issued by: Springers Ltd
So, we now have a very valuable lesson learned: We need to pay closer attention to the instructions. ;)
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
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