Calling your PowerPivot workbook on SharePoint 2010 remotely

I have created a SharePoint 2010 image with PowerPivot integration with the help of Vidas installation guide, after creating it locally I found out a VM with 2 GB of memory was too small. So I decided to try my luck at our server admins. They were so kind to create a machine for me on their farm :) So having transfered my image to the ESX servers logging in to Remote desktop i was able to acces SharePoint like before. But ofcourse i wanted to share my SharePoint with PowerPivot installation with my colleagues and sales.

When i called SharePoint on its IP adress i got a log in screen. After logging in on the local domain SharePoint and the PowerPivot gallery showed Ok, but selecting the PowerPivot sheet gave a file not found error:

error

At first i suspected some kind of security problem, but after checking the log files i found the following error:

12/01/2009 13:19:38.29  w3wp.exe (0x010C)                        0x13E4 SharePoint Foundation          Configuration                  8059 Warning  Alternate access mappings have not been configured.  Users or services are accessing the site http://sp2010beta with the URL http://172.31.20.10.  This may cause incorrect links to be stored or returned to users.  If this is expected, add the URL http://172.31.20.10 as an AAM response URL.  For more information, see: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=114854″/> f998f54f-ab53-4f0d-afac-859a9c4e67b4

After consulting with colleague Marc Valk i added the hostname and IP adress to the host file of the server. In my case:
172.31.20.10      sp2010beta
127.0.0.1             sp2010beta

and gave a ipconfig /flushdns.

I added 172.31.20.10      sp2010beta to my local host file, restarted my IE and called the site by its hostname http://sp2010beta worked like a charm !

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