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No Remote Access to WHS RRS feed

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  • I just upgraded my WHS, (new Board, 2 more drives), and did a clean install.  I then downloaded all available updates,  all seemed ok until i tried to set up remote access.  the remote access tab shows unavailable, but the domain name details tab shows all green checks.   if you click repair it either stays in the verifying remote access check, or it fails this portion.  i'm using a linksys wrt160n router, which i know is configured properly since i had access prior to the server reinstall, ive rechecked everything, including server ip ect..  but no luck.  Is it possible there is a problem or some corruption in the O/S itself?  another note,  when you type the homeserver address in a browser either http or https, you get this message 

    Server Error in '/' Application.

    The resource cannot be found.

    Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.  Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly.

    Requested URL: /home/default.aspx

    Help!
    Tuesday, January 5, 2010 3:30 PM

Answers

  • I started over, this time I wiped the drives on another machine first, then did the install and everything worked, although for whatever reason I could not get the linksys wrt160 to work with port forwarding, and had to open the dmz in order to gain outside access.  Thanks for all the replies everyone!
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 5:42 PM

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  • I just upgraded my WHS, (new Board, 2 more drives), and did a clean install.  I then downloaded all available updates,  all seemed ok until i tried to set up remote access.  the remote access tab shows unavailable, but the domain name details tab shows all green checks.   if you click repair it either stays in the verifying remote access check, or it fails this portion.  i'm using a linksys wrt160n router, which i know is configured properly since i had access prior to the server reinstall, ive rechecked everything, including server ip ect..  but no luck.  Is it possible there is a problem or some corruption in the O/S itself?  another note,  when you type the homeserver address in a browser either http or https, you get this message 

    Server Error in '/' Application.

    The resource cannot be found.

    Description: HTTP 404. The resource you are looking for (or one of its dependencies) could have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.  Please review the following URL and make sure that it is spelled correctly.

    Requested URL: /home/default.aspx

    Help!
    Did you install any add-ins or apps after reinstalling the OS?  Did you install the updates from the Console or the server desktop?
    Wednesday, January 6, 2010 2:05 AM
    Moderator
  • I tried to configure with just the base o/s installed, as well as installing all available updates first.  I installed the updates and did the configuring from the desktop of the server.

    Wednesday, January 6, 2010 2:12 PM
  • I tried to configure with just the base o/s installed, as well as installing all available updates first.  I installed the updates and did the configuring from the desktop of the server.
    FYI, logging into the server desktop is unsupported.  Also, if you installed any of the Software, Optional updates from the desktop, that could have broken it (other users that have done the same thing have had issues as well).
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 12:24 AM
    Moderator
  • Are you sure all the port forwarding rules are properly set up on your router?  After a recent reinstallation on my ex485, I had to open 443 & 4125 to the server to enable remote access.  I also set the server to a static IP on my network.  Makes life much simpler.  Yes, Yes, I'm sure nothing I do that actually works is supported ... yada yada.
    • Edited by Gary J51 Thursday, January 7, 2010 3:56 PM
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 6:27 AM
  • Are you sure all the port forwarding rules are properly set up on your router?  After a recent reinstallation on my ex485, I had to open 3389 & 4125 to the server to enable remote access.  I also set the server to a static IP on my network.  Makes life much simpler. 

    Yes, Yes, I'm sure nothing I do that actually works is supported ... yada yada.
    It certainly does look like either the firewall is blocking or IIS isn't running.

    I wrote 5 or 6 WHS tutorials and I don't think any of them are/were supported and I've had no problems related to any of them. ;)


    "He who dares not offend cannot be honest." -- Thomas Paine
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 6:48 AM
  • Just type http://SEVERNAME/HPHome/ to see if the website works.  that will tell you if IIS is working.  If it is, you just need to get in from outside your network, which is through the router.  I don't remember what the "auto" setup does to configure the router because I prefer the benefits of knowing the details of setting up and using a static IP for the WHS.  Also, some ISP's block port 80.  Did you try using https://Servername.homserver.com  which uses port 443 for access?

    Doing some more reading, check your router's port forwarding table.  If you set ports 443 & 4125 to forward to the server, you should be able to use https://Servername.homeserver.com to acces from outside.
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 7:02 AM
  • From what you say above, it sounds like something happened during Windows Home server setup (or one of the updates) to cause your problem. Can you do another clean install, or a server recovery, and then update your server again? For the installation, make sure you leave the DVD in the drive until you reach the Vista-like Welcome page...
    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 3:37 PM
    Moderator
  • I started over, this time I wiped the drives on another machine first, then did the install and everything worked, although for whatever reason I could not get the linksys wrt160 to work with port forwarding, and had to open the dmz in order to gain outside access.  Thanks for all the replies everyone!
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 5:42 PM
  • Congrats for getting it to work, but I wouldn't leave the dmz open as a solution.  Focus on getting port forwarding to work properly on your router.  If you have PNP set up properly, WHS should be able to set the port settings for you.  If not read your router docs or contact Linksys.

    Leaving the dmz open will make the server VERY vulnerable.
    Thursday, January 7, 2010 6:54 PM