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Can't Access a Home Server website across the LAN RRS feed

  • Question

  • I have two websites on my homeserver:

    1. Default Web Site listening on port 80
    2. Test Web Site listening on port 8000

    I can access both sites from the homeserver console by putting http://localhost/ & http://localhost:8000/ respectively in the IE URL field.

    From a workstation on the same network I can access the Default Web Site by putting the homeserver IP address in the URL like this: http://192.168.1.4/ and it connects fine.

    From the same workstation I cannot access the Test Web Site. I put this in the URL http://192.168.1.4:8000/ and I get 'Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage"

    I have disabled the Windows Firewall on the homeserver so I don't think that is the problem. My instincts tell me it is a permissioning problem, but that is just a hunch. 

    Any thoughts on what could be the problem? I am prepared to start at the absolute beginning (since I have already worked on this all day and night) and check everything from scratch.

    Thanks,

    Saturday, November 19, 2011 8:16 AM

Answers

  • Well since no one was going to give me a fish, I went and learned how to fish.

    It turns out it was a firewall issue. I had only turned off the "Domain Profile" portion of the firewall, but the "Private Profile" portion of the firewall was the one controlling LAN access to IIS.

    Once I turned that off, voila, it worked. Now I just need to open the 8000 port for private access and turn the firewall back on.

     

     

    • Marked as answer by To Serve Man Monday, November 21, 2011 8:35 PM
    Monday, November 21, 2011 8:35 PM

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  • Well since no one was going to give me a fish, I went and learned how to fish.

    It turns out it was a firewall issue. I had only turned off the "Domain Profile" portion of the firewall, but the "Private Profile" portion of the firewall was the one controlling LAN access to IIS.

    Once I turned that off, voila, it worked. Now I just need to open the 8000 port for private access and turn the firewall back on.

     

     

    • Marked as answer by To Serve Man Monday, November 21, 2011 8:35 PM
    Monday, November 21, 2011 8:35 PM
  • What are you using to serve up your test website - IIS or some 3rd party software?

     


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Monday, November 21, 2011 8:49 PM
  • What are you using to serve up your test website - IIS or some 3rd party software?

     


    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.

    IIS, I am using port 8000 for my test website so that I don't mess with the defalut site on port 80.
    Monday, November 21, 2011 9:02 PM
  • Hmm - many have tried and failed - normally screwing up their Server - good luck.
    Phil P.S. If you find my comment helpful or if it answers your question, please mark it as such.
    Monday, November 21, 2011 9:17 PM
  • I comfortable with the risk. It's not a third party turnkey box. I bought the software and installed it myself. I'm basically using homeserver as a poor man's 08 server.

    Also, I have been running HS 2008 since, well, 2008 in the same configuration except it had a very annoying habit of resetting my permissions everytime it upgraded software or rebooted for any reason. 2011 seems to preserve the permissions so it is already better as far as I'm, concerned.

    I understand that getting under the hood carries risk and it's not for everyone, but on the other hand, this is what computers are for!!

    Tuesday, November 22, 2011 1:47 AM