Creating a Web Publishing Rule

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The goal of Web publishing on a reverse proxy server is to forward requests, complete with host headers, from the proxy server to the Web server. Note that host-header forwarding may be called different things by different proxy server vendors. Contact your proxy server vendor to learn how to enable host-header forwarding with your reverse proxy.

Create a Web publishing rule using ISA Server 2004

  1. In ISA Server Management, right-click the Firewall Policy node, point to New , and then click Web Server Publishing Rule .

  2. In the Web Publishing Wizard, type a name for the new rule. For example, "Publish SharePoint site for external access".

  3. Click Next .

  4. Under Action to take when rule conditions are met , click Allow , and then click Next .

  5. On the Define Website to publish page, in the Computer name or IP address box, type the IP address or name of the computer running the SharePoint site.

    Remember that if you specify a name, you will need an internal DNS entry to resolve the name to an IP address.

  6. Select the Forward the original host header instead of the actual one (specified above) check box to ensure that the host header contains the original external DNS name typed in the URL.

  7. In the Path box, type /* .

  8. Click Next .

  9. In the Public Name Details page, in the Accept requests for box, select Any domain name to forward requests to the published SharePoint site without checking for the domain name, or select This domain name , and in the Public name box, specify the external FQDN that users will specify in their browser to reach the site.

  10. Click Next .

  11. On the Select Web Listener page, in the Web listener box, select the Web listener that you created previously.

  12. Click Next .

  13. Click Next again, and then click Finish .

  14. Click Apply to save the changes and update the configuration.