Organizations have been told of the potential need to modify security settings when allowing access to an intranet in the form of an extranet.
Microsoft”s SharePoint Team Blog explains that collaboration between different departments can often make the difference between a successful extranet deployment and one in which employees face obstacles.
"Close collaboration between your firewall and proxy administrators and your SharePoint administrators during this phase is often the key to a smooth deployment," the blog post asserts.
By spending time in the initial stages on both planning and testing of external access to intranet resources – which may include image conversion software and document viewer applications – the SharePoint team suggests that disaster may be avoided.
The blog post refers to a related article from the ISA Server product team on how copying and pasting settings might not be the best way to achieve a successful extranet implementation.
Within the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) application, the team pointed out that alternate access mappings may be specified to allow internet traffic to access the extranet.
Each of these must have the correct public URL specified in order to permit remote access from outside of the company network, the article stresses.
With the correct details in place, however, remote workers” access to document viewer and image conversion applications might be assured.