Configuration Manager 2007 sites can be configured to use custom
Web sites for client to site system communications for
interoperability with other server services installed on
Configuration Manager site systems that require Internet
Information Services (IIS).
It is important to decide if custom Web sites will be
implemented during the deployment of Configuration Manager 2007
sites early in the planning stages. The use of a custom Web site is
a sitewide operation and requires the manual creation of a custom
Web site on every site system within the site that requires IIS for
normal operations. Because Configuration Manager 2007 clients can
roam from site to site, it may also be necessary to implement
custom Web sites for every site in the hierarchy.
Custom Web Site Considerations
The following table lists the pros and cons of using a
custom Web site:
- Using a custom Web site would be beneficial
if there are site systems within the site that also host other
server services requiring IIS and require the use of the default
Web site, such as Microsoft Windows® SharePoint® Services.
- By creating a custom Web site for
Configuration Manager 2007 use and setting it to accept client
connections on the port that you specify for client communications,
you can allow other applications to continue to function using the
default Web site. For information about which Configuration Manager
2007 site systems require IIS, see Prerequisites for
Installing Configuration Manager.
|Using Configuration Manager site systems to run additional
applications increases the attack surface on those site systems and
is not recommended. The best practice for Configuration Manager
site systems requiring IIS is to use a server solely dedicated to
providing Configuration Manager services.
- Configuring a custom Web site is a sitewide
operation. If you choose to use a custom Web site, custom Web sites
should be implemented at every site in the hierarchy.
- When you create and enable custom Web site
use, the site roles installed on the server computer will
automatically be uninstalled and reinstalled by site component
- When creating a custom Web site, you must
define custom ports for the new Web site that are different from
those in use on the default Web site. The default Web site and the
custom Web site cannot be started at the same time if both are
configured to operate on the same TCP/IP ports.
|When configuring the custom Web site to use https ports to
support native mode site operations, the custom Web site must be
configured to use a Web server certificate issued by a trusted
certification authority. For more information about certificate
requirements for native mode, see Certificate Requirements
for Native Mode.