How do I? – Restore access to my Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Central Admin site after adding a new server to the farm

Written by Cornelius J. van Dyk on . Posted in How Do I...

OK, so you’re adding another server to your MOSS farm… you just ran the Config Wizard on the new server and upon completion, SharePoint tries to launch the Central Admin site. Only problem is that you’re presented with this little nugget of a screen: 011308_1531_HowdoIRes1 First of all, don’t panic. You’ve found this blog article and we’ll get your access restored in no time. OK, so the problem is cause by an entry that the Config Wizard makes in the HOSTS file of the server. So begin by navigating to C:\WINDOWS\System32\drives\etc. 149A Locate and open the HOSTS file with Notepad or whatever your favorite text editor is. You will notice an entry similar to this one in the file: 011308_1531_HowdoIRes2 Simple delete this line and save the HOSTS file. Close the browser and then open Central Admin again and tada! 😉



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Cornelius J. van Dyk

Born and raised in South Africa during the 70's I got my start in computers when a game on my Sinclair ZX Spectrum crashed, revealing it's BASIC source code. The ZX had a whopping 48K of memory which was considered to be a lot in the Commodore Vic20 era, but more importantly, it had BASIC built into the soft touch keyboard. Teaching myself to program, I coded my first commercial program at age 15.

After graduating high school at 17, I joined the South African Air Force, graduating the Academy and becoming a Pilot with the rank of First Lieutenant by age 20. After serving my country for six years, I made my way back into computer software.

Continuing my education, I graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Computer Training Institute before joining First National Bank where my work won the Smithsonian Award for Technological Innovation in the field of Banking and Insurance. Soon I met Will Coleman from Amdahl SA, who introduced me to a little known programming language named Huron/ObjectStar. As fate would have it, this unknown language and Y2K brought me to the USA in 1998.

I got involved with SharePoint after playing around with the Beta for SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Leaving my career at Rexnord to become a consultant in 2004, I was first awarded the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional Award for SharePoint in 2005, becoming only the 9th MVP for WSS at the time. I fulfilled a life long dream by pledging allegiance to the Flag as a US citizen in 2006. I met the love of my life and became a private consultant in 2008. I was honored to receive my ninth MVP award for SharePoint Server in 2013.

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