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Downloadable book: Planning an Extranet Environment for Office SharePoint Server

Office 2007

Updated: March 26, 2009

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

Updated: 2009-03-26

This guide provides planning recommendations for deploying Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 in an extranet environment. It discusses the extranet topologies that are supported, details the hardening requirements for servers within an extranet environment, and describes a logical architecture sample that is designed to work within an extranet environment. The audiences for this guide include information architects, IT generalists, and program managers who are planning to make Office SharePoint Server 2007 sites accessible from the Internet.

The content in this book is a copy of selected content in the Office SharePoint Server technical library (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=84739) as of the publication date. For the most current content, see the technical library on the Web.

The recommended planning steps for designing an extranet environment include the following activities:

  • Plan for server farms   Determine how many server farms your organization requires. Determine which of the server farms will reside in a perimeter environment and which will reside inside the corporate network. Determine if content publishing will be used to publish content from one server farm to another. Use the “Plan for server farms” section of this guide to help with this planning activity.

  • Plan for availability   For each server farm that you plan to deploy, review the availability requirements for the farm and choose a starting-point topology. The starting-point topology that best suits your organization depends on server roles for which you require redundancy and which application server roles you plan to use. Understanding how server roles are deployed in a server farm is important when you design the extranet topology and determine hardening requirements. Use the “Plan for availability” section of this guide to help with this planning activity.

  • Design the extranet farm topology   Decide which extranet topology to implement in your environment. Decide if you will be publishing content from the corporate network to the perimeter network or if the topology will be optimized to host static content. Determine if there is a requirement in your organization that prevents database servers from being hosted in the perimeter network. Use the “Design extranet farm topology” section of this guide to help with this planning activity.

  • Design your logical architecture   Ensure that your logical architecture is optimized to work in an extranet environment. Use the “Logical architecture model: Corporate deployment” section of this guide to help with this planning activity. This section discusses a viable logical architecture design that is optimized for an extranet environment. The most critical components to coordinate in an extranet environment include zones and authentication.

  • Plan security hardening across the extranet environment   Determine which ports, protocols, and services to enable for each server, router, and firewall. Use the “Plan security hardening for extranet environments” section of this guide to plan for specific hardening requirements in an extranet environment. For more detailed information about services and protocols that are used by Office SharePoint Server 2007 see the “Plan security hardening for server roles within a server farm” section of this guide.

  • Review security recommendations for Internet-facing environments   After you design your extranet environment, review the appropriate security recommendations for the environment: external secure collaboration or external anonymous access. See “Plan security for an external secure collaboration environment” and “Plan security for an external anonymous access environment.” These sections include additional security recommendations targeted to the specific environments.

Click the following link to open a Microsoft Word .doc file that you can download to your computer and print. The size of the document is approximately 1.25 MB.

Planning an Extranet Environment for Office SharePoint Server (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=93372)

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