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  • My network has a limitation: it cannot get to my WHS web site https://*.homeserver.com from inside my local network. MVPs in a previous post helped me determine that Remote Access works fine and this is probably a limitation of my router. But going down to the street to the nearest free WiFi spot for testing Remote Access is getting a little old. Is there a way for me to test Remote Access from within the local network?

    I tried adding my WHS external IP address to the HOSTS file but that didn't work. Is it as easy as using my server's local IP address, e.g. https://192.168.x.y?
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 1:13 AM

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  • If your router doesn't support it, then no, there is no way to test your remote access web site from within your network. You can access the site by using e.g. http://server instead of http://myserver.homeserver.com, but that will not test external access. It will be treated as an intranet site, and will not go through your router.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Proposed as answer by kariya21Moderator Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:09 AM
    • Marked as answer by AJMcS Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:09 PM
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:31 AM
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  • If your router doesn't support it, then no, there is no way to test your remote access web site from within your network. You can access the site by using e.g. http://server instead of http://myserver.homeserver.com, but that will not test external access. It will be treated as an intranet site, and will not go through your router.

    I'm not on the WHS team, I just post a lot. :)
    • Proposed as answer by kariya21Moderator Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:09 AM
    • Marked as answer by AJMcS Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:09 PM
    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 2:31 AM
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  • AJMcS said:

    My network has a limitation: it cannot get to my WHS web site https://*.homeserver.com from inside my local network. MVPs in a previous post helped me determine that Remote Access works fine and this is probably a limitation of my router. But going down to the street to the nearest free WiFi spot for testing Remote Access is getting a little old.
     

    That's what family/friends are for. ;)

    AJMcS said:

    Is there a way for me to test Remote Access from within the local network?

    I tried adding my WHS external IP address to the HOSTS file but that didn't work. Is it as easy as using my server's local IP address, e.g. https://192.168.x.y?



    Wednesday, January 21, 2009 4:08 AM
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  • I am able to acces my webpage via my internal network, so I don't have the same problem as you, but this might help.  I recently tried testing out IP blocking in IIS so I googled for lists of proxy servers.  There are a bunch of proxy servers out there and instructions to setting up a proxy in IE.  From there, WHS thinks you are coming from outside of the network.  I was able to get WHS to block all 222.x.x.x traffic and test it out using a China proxy.

    Good luck

    Sunday, January 25, 2009 9:08 PM