Sunil Nahar

I am trying to open a SharePoint site (WSS 3.0) using SharePoint Designer, but getting the following error message:

The server could not complete your request. Contact your internet service provider or Web server administrator to make sure that the server has the Frontpage Server Extensions or SharePoint Services installed.

Does anyone have any idea what could be the problem with my site Any help on this would be really appreciated.

Regards,

neel.



Re: SharePoint - Development and Programming Opening a WSS 3.0 site using SharePoint Designer

John Angelini

Can you access the site by directly typing in the URL Is your site using Forms-Based Authentication If so, "sorry Charlie" but Microsoft apparently didnt feel FBA was important enough to incorporate into its client applications. SharePoint Designer cannot handle the auhtentication portion of the access attempt. If you think about how FBA works in conjunction with the web.config file and the <authorization> element. it makes sense. you never reach the login form which calls the FormsAuthentication.RedirectFromloginPage method, which assigns your authentication token. The application has no way to validate.

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John Angelini





Re: SharePoint - Development and Programming Opening a WSS 3.0 site using SharePoint Designer

Sundar Narasimman

Sunil,

Whether your server has front page extensions enabled






Re: SharePoint - Development and Programming Opening a WSS 3.0 site using SharePoint Designer

Sunil Nahar

Yes John, i can access the site by directly typin in the URL and my site is using FBA. So is there no way to open pages for FBA based WSS 3.0 site and i think just because of the same reason i m not able to locate or open the network location of the site, it is giving error:

"The folder you entered does not appear to be valid. Please Choose another."

John i need this thing to be resolved ASAP as i have to deliver the customised pages of my site to my client. Can you please help me out on this I really appreciate the help you are providing.

Thanks,

neel.





Re: SharePoint - Development and Programming Opening a WSS 3.0 site using SharePoint Designer

Sunil Nahar

Sundar i tried installing the frontpage server extensions from IIS for particularly the sharepoint 3.0 site btu i got some error which says that: FPSE 2002 are not compatible for WSS 3.0 site. And when i tried installing it again i could not find the option to install it again.

Is there any way to open the site using SharePoint Designer.

Regards,

neel.





Re: SharePoint - Development and Programming Opening a WSS 3.0 site using SharePoint Designer

John Angelini

Sunil,

There is no need to try installing the FrontPage Server Extensions, as they cannot be installed on a WSS site. This is why you also cannot open a SharePoint site using Visual Studio as it too relies on the FrontPage Server Extensions. I am sorry but there is no way to get the client applications to authenticate to your site. The FBA mechanism provides this "security" by default. And yes this is why you cannot access the site via Network Places. Again there is no model provided to authenticate and the site does not run as a standard IIS site. If you try to open a document (Especially the MS document formats) I imagine you probably get your login.aspx page returned.

Because of this very same issue, I had to completely rip down, and reinstall SP in AD Account Creation Mode (to facilitate web-based user creation). I also had to manually recreate my site, because when trying to restore the STSADM-backed up site, I got errors telling me the site could not be restored, because I was trying to use Active Directory Account Creation mode, and the site was created in NON AD Account Creation Mode. It will however support restoration of an AD Account Creation Mode site in a NON-AD site. Strange. Not sure if this will happen in your scenario, if simply reverting back to standard Windows Authentication.

For this reason, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND, you get your existing site back up and running at 100% on a different machine, before you try to do this, as you could potentially lose your reference copy you will need if you have to rebuild it. You can cheat rebuilding it by using templates and Datasheet views to copy the content from A to B, if need be.

Wish I had a quick fix for you, but I do not. In my opinion, this is a MAJOR lack of consideration for what users are going to do with WSS. Anyone who wants to create extranet sites without having to maintain a domain and its users, will be using FBA..... hypothetically. Bad Microsoft... BAD!! My advice above should at least help get you back up and running quicker though.

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John Angelini





Re: SharePoint - Development and Programming Opening a WSS 3.0 site using SharePoint Designer

Sunil Nahar

Hi John,

i am agree with your reply. But if you see the central administration page you will find an option "Policy for web application" where we can go and give full rights to the site, to any domain user. I have read that at this place in central administration we can give full control to any domain user at pro-web app basis, i really did not understand this "pro-web app basis". And even i have added the domain user as site collection administrator through this FBA based sharepoint site, it is adding the domain user as well. But really could not find the way to open the site using that domain user credentials whom i have added as site collection administrator in that site.

i think if we find a way to access the site using domain user credentials then we may able to open the site even using sharepoint designer. An thoughts on this John

neel.





Re: SharePoint - Development and Programming Opening a WSS 3.0 site using SharePoint Designer

John Angelini

Sunil,

I just did this and this works. Extend the site across another application. Then in essence that site would run in Windows Authentication mode, and you could connect via SharePoint Designer, as it would then be a new independent site. When you try to access that site by URL, you should be prompted for your domain credentials, if authentication fails. I actually had to do just that to allow the Search Crawler to index my content. (Just out of curiosity, does your search function work with FBA Did you not encounter this issue ) If you check my other posts, youll find that thread.

If this post answered the question and/or was helpful, please mark it as so. Thank you. I urge everyone to revisit their threads, with any fixes or additional information they find relating to their problems so others can benefit.

John Angelini





Re: SharePoint - Development and Programming Opening a WSS 3.0 site using SharePoint Designer

Lanod

FBA and SPD do work together.

There are 2 ways to do this, the easiest is "to authenticate via IE first, making sure that you save your credentials. SP Designer should be able to use that authentication cookie to authenticate against SP.

The slightly nicer way is to extend your web application onto a secondary IIS website; in doing so it allows you to have one content database but multiple authentication providers. This will allow you to bind to the Windows Auth version of the system using your AD account, and the Forms Authentication version using whatever provider you have specified. In a public facing production environment this can be very useful. Clearly you may want your public facing users to have limited rights over your website content, and by using IP restrictions and not publishing the second (Windows Auth) version of the web application to the outside world you should improve your overall security."

I found this on

http://www.sharepointblogs.com/benrobb/archive/2006/10/03/13234.aspx

Donal





Re: SharePoint - Development and Programming Opening a WSS 3.0 site using SharePoint Designer

Sunil Nahar

Yes John and Lanod, i got this solution while working on configuring Search. Since search was not working for FBA based site so i got the solutions from somewhere where it has been suggested that we should extend another zone for this site on a different IIS web site. Then i extended the custom zone of the site on a new web site and i created one list on this custom zone site and when i came back to my FBA site i got the same list on this site as well from where i get an idea that these zones are pointing to same content database and then when i tried opening page of the custome zone site with sharepoint designer, it worked perfectly. i got this solution just a day before the release date for my client.



Re: SharePoint - Development and Programming Opening a WSS 3.0 site using SharePoint Designer

Ayub Patel

Open the site in IE. Then go to File --> edit with Microsoft office sharepoint designer