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Prepare your server for ShareFile data

Apr. 14, 2015

The IIS and ASP.NET setup described in this section is required for StorageZones for ShareFile data and for StorageZone Connectors. These instructions are based on Windows Server 2012. The instructions for Windows Server 2008 are provided in the earlier documentation for StorageZones Controller.

To enable the Web Server (IIS) role and the ASP.NET role service

  1. On the server where you will install StorageZones Controller, log on with an account that has local administrator privileges.
  2. Open the Server Manager console Dashboard and then click Manage > Add Roles and Features to open the Add Roles and Features Wizard.
  3. In the Add Roles and Features Wizard, click Next.
    Add Roles and Features Wizard

  4. On the Select installation type page, click Role-based or feature-based installation and then click Next.


    Add Roles and Features Wizard

  5. On the Select destination server page, choose your server from the server pool and then click Next.


    Add Roles and Features Wizard

  6. On the Select server roles page, select the Web Server (IIS) check box and then click Next.


    Add Roles and Features Wizard

  7. Click Add Features to add the features required for IIS.


    Add Roles and Features Wizard

  8. Click Add Features.


    Add Roles and Features Wizard

    The Select features page appears. The required settings are shown in the following screen.


    Add Roles and Features Wizard

  9. On the Web Server Role (IIS) page, click Next.
  10. On the Select role services page, select the Basic Authentication and Windows Authentication check boxes, and then click Next.

    Windows Authentication enables Kerberos or Windows Challenge/Response (NTLM) authentication to a restricted zone. Domain-joined clients can authenticate silently when Kerberos or NTLM is used.


    Add Roles and Features Wizard

  11. On the Confirm installation selections page, click Install.
  12. When the installation completes, click Close and then restart the server.

To configure IIS

After you enable the Web Server (IIS) role and the ASP.NET role service, configure IIS.

  1. Open the IIS Manager console, click the StorageZone Controller server node, and then double-click ISAPI and CGI Restrictions.

     

    IIS Manager
     
  2. Set each ASP.NET entry to Allowed.

     

    IIS Manager

     

  3. Verify that a domain server or public certificate is installed on the server: In the IIS Manager console, click the StorageZone Controller server node, and then double-click Server Certificates.

     

    IIS Manager

     

    If there is no certificate associated with a public Certificate Authority, install a certificate on the server before proceeding. For more information, see Install an SSL certificate.

    Note: If you are using a NetScaler Gateway or similar appliance with StorageZones Controller, you can use a domain server certificate. All Internet traffic for standard zones must be handled using a public certificate.
  4. In the IIS Manager console, click Default Web Site and then click Bindings.

     

    IIS Manager

     

  5. Click Add and configure the site binding as follows:
    • Type is https.
    • IP address is All Unassigned.
    • Port is 443.
    • SSL certificate is your installed certificate.

     

    IIS Manager

     

  6. To test the web server connection, navigate to http://localhost/ and to https://localhost/. If the connection is successful, the IIS logo appears.

    HTTPS will display a message about the certificate not matching the localhost name in the URL header. This is expected and you can safely continue to the web site.

  7. If you are installing StorageZones Controller on a VM, take a snapshot of the VM.
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