Monday, March 27, 2017

Decomission That Old Server (Move Extranet Service)



So you have an old Web Front End server. It has been a good ‘un (as we say in the south) a real work horse, but for numerous different reasons, it is time to “decommission” the ole gal and get a new work horse in place. You are going to keep the old WFE in place while you build up a new one and get them to look identical before taking the old one offline. One problem, you notice you are running this extranet service and you cannot get it installed on the new server. What is a horse farmer, I mean server admin to do?

First, Add the new server to the farm. Provision all necessary services except those that can only run on one server (like UPS and probably Search topology and of course the Extranet Service). For the rest of these steps, I will only focus on the ExCMExtranetService, additional services will need to be deployed as needed in your environment.



Next, stop the ExCM Service.




Once stopped, delete the ExCM service application (if there is one). Now you are ready to remove the extranet service using the Remove-ExCMExtranetService.



Now you are ready to remove the server from the farm.

With the old server out of the farm, you will want to retract and redeploy the ExCM solution. Now, you will need to start the service on the new farm. The way the service gets started is when you activate certain features of ExCM; features like Extranet Account Managers, Authentication Provider Mapping, user automation, etc. Chances are you have already activated these features, which is why you see the service in your farm to begin with. If you do not need to activate one of these features, then you can also start the service by running the “New-ExCMExtranetService”


As you can see from the below screenshot, I now have the service running on the new server.





Lastly, browse out to your extranet site and ensure that you can log in. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Business Extranets that are Cost-effective and Highly-secure


In this webinar we cover many of the features that make SharePoint a highly-secure and cost-effective business extranet platform:



Monday, March 13, 2017

Upcoming Webinar: Business Extranets that are Cost-effective and Highly Secure


We'll be conducting a one hour webinar on cost-effective and highly secure business extranets on Wednesday, March 15 at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

To attend, go register here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5539599446641350659

Here is the description for what we will be covering:

Join us for an informative look at how to use SharePoint (2016, 2013, or 2010) to provide cost-effective, highly secure, and user-friendly on-premises business extranets for collaboration with customers, vendors and other business partners.

We will look at techniques for:

  • Allowing internal users to easily and securely invite external business partners to join private extranet collaboration sites 
  • Automatically enforcing security and governance policies as external users create accounts from invitations and join sites 
  • Oversee and govern external user Forms-based Authentication (FBA) accounts with minimal workload for SharePoint Administrators 
  • Automating the extranet site request and provisioning process for extranet sites to ensure that it is fast and easy for users to obtain properly provisioned sites as new customers\vendors\projects are initiated 

Questions are welcome during and after the webinar.

We'll be doing the demos using SharePoint 2016, but SharePoint 2010 and 2013 are still applicable as well.

Come join us and learn about how to have a business-grade extranet!