So it got installed, but the problem was that it was installed onto a machine called mars. I made the obligatory jokes about ‘life on mars’ (admittedly I may have made the joke a few to many times :P) but at the end of last year we ran a competition to name the new intranet.
There were some fun names like SkyNet, and Randall, but ultimately the winning entry was TheBarn, which is very aptly farm-based.
But we had a problem, we don’t want to rename the server from mars (plus I’ve done that on SharePoint before, baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad idea), so how do you get SharePoint to accept http://thebarn when that’s not the machine name?
Unlike standard standard sites in IIS just adding a host header isn’t going to work, SharePoint will redirect you to the one it knows about, so although we were coming in via http://thebarn we’d end up at http://mars.
Luckily it is actually very easy to do with SharePoint. SharePoint has the ability to Extend a web application:
So you navigate here, choose the Extend an existing Web application, select your site and enter the hostname (and set the port back to 80):
Now you’ll have a SharePoint site which listens on your new host header. You can go and delete the old one if you want (Remove SharePoint from IIS Web site) and then you’re done.