Installing WebSitepanel 2.1 Beta on Server 2012

In the previous post we installed the needed prerequistes and are now ready to install WebSitepanel 2.1 Beta for Server 2012.

This post contains:

  1. Go to WebSitepanels download section
  2. Remember to select the 2.1 beta tab.
  3. Download WebsitePanel Installer after registering
    Installer allows you to Install or Update the WebsitePanel Portal, WebsitePanel Enterprise Server or WebsitePanel Server component. It also has an option for the installation of all Three for a simplified Setup called WebsitePanel Standalone Installation.
  4. Once downloaded, run the installer. This installer is really just that, an installer, so after installing it, you should go find the “WebSitePanel Installer” in the “start” menu. This can be rather confusing at first.

Installing WebsitePanel Portal on Management server.

  1. When you first run the Installer, the Components section is empty.
    Click on View Available Components to populate this section and click Install next to WebsitePanel Portal, as shown on the image to the right
  2. Once you click Install, the necessary files will be downloaded and a requirment check will run. Click next.
  3. Verify IP and enter FQDN if needed. This info can easily be modified after installation.
  4. Unless you have special user accounts in place, put a mark next to Create Active Directory account and change/enter credentials as fitting for your environment.
  5. Now we specify how our WebsitePanel Portal communicates with our WebsitePanel Enterprise Server, which we are going to install on the same server in a minute.
    Note: this is set to loopback address on port 9002 since Portal and Enterprise Server is located on the same server.
  6. You will get a confirmation window, but you can’t actually use the portal untill we have installed the server part as well.
  7. A new site named WebsitePanel Portal is added to IIS under Sites.

Installing WebsitePanel Enterprise Server on Management server.

  1. If you closed the installer, just run it Again from the start menu.
  2. You can see how the WebsitePanel Portal is listed as installed in the left column.
    Click on Install next to WebsitePanel Enterprise Server in the right hand side.
  3. Click next a few times and you arrive at the Web Settings window. Unless you changed something in a previous step, just click next.
    Note: this is set to loopback address on port 9002 since Portal and Enterprise Server is located on the same server.
  4. Once again, unless you have special user accounts in place, put a mark next to Create Active Directory account and change/enter credentials as fitting for your environment.
    The user will be placed in AD root user folder
  5. Here we setup connection to our SQL Express server, which we setup earlier on the same server, so we leave everything at default. Change if you need to.
  6. Choose a password for our serveradmin account.
    Note: This is the password needed to log into our WebsitePortal with the username: serveradmin
  7. Review success and test connection by clicking on the link shown.
    Note: remember, the address is localhost ( and listening on port 9001
  8. We can now test connection to our WebsitePanel Portal site.
    Note: use local IP or FQDN depending on your configuration earlier. It is listening on port 9001.
    Default Username is: serveradmin
    Password is the password you setup in step 6.
  9. A new site named WebsitePanel Enterprise Server is added to IIS under Sites.


Installing WebsitePanel Server on your Exchange 2010/13 server.

This step must be done on your Exchangeserver, where the CAS role is located.

! Note: Your Exchange server should have all the necessary prerequisite in place, but if they are not, or if you are going to install WebsitePanel Server on any other server, you need to install the prerequisites, using the PowerShell script from the previous post in this series.

  1. Copy or download the WesitePanel Installer as you did in the beginning of this tutorial to your Exchange CAS server.
    As before, run the installer and start it from the start menu.
  2. Populate Componets using the View Available Components and click Install next to WebsitePanel Server.
  3. Enter the local IP of your server and click next.
    Note: This is the IP you connect to from your WebsitePanel Portal
    This setting can easily be changed later, including setting up HTTPS using the IIS Manager
  4. Unless you have an existing account in place, put a mark in Create Active Directory account and enter desired credentials.
    Note: if you setup multiple WebsitePanel Servers you need a unique user pr. server, so plan ahead.
    I’m not really sure about the Password regarding site anonymous access, but type in a password of your choice.
    Users created this way, end up in the users folder in AD root.
  5. Enter password needed to connecto to this instance of WebsitePanel Server from the WebsitePanel Portal.
    Click next to start the installation.
  6. Review installation confirmation and verify WebsitePanel Server application on the local IP on port 9003
  7. A new site named WebsitePanel Server is added to IIS under Sites.

Now head over and do some necessary post installation tasks.

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