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Hello,

I've been given a pretty vague task, and want to know if anyone can give me some pointers. This is the claim that is being made:

"A guy from Deltek has completed the installation of Time Collections on the web server.  He had an issue with IIS when he completed the installation.

Time Collections must use port 7001 in order to run the application. Due to the ColdFusion web pages, he can’t get the IIS to read port 80 for access outside of the firewall. At this time, Time Collection can only be accessed behind the firewall at the follow address. http://192.168.74.12:7001/DeltekTC/welcome.msv.   He is going to check back to see if Ican resolve the IIS conflict with port 80. "
 
Does anyone know if this is an accurate assessment, and if so, how I can fix it?

Thanks in advance for any insight!!
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Since you have a firewall you need to open port 7001 to the outside for this kind of access.  You should find out if Time Collections uses UDP or TCP packets so you don't open more holes than necessary.  However, it may be easier to just open both UDP and TCP since 7001 is not a common port and therefore is less likely to get attacked.

As for the assessment, this part doesn't make sense :
"Time Collections must use port 7001 in order to run the application. Due to the ColdFusion web pages, he can’t get the IIS to read port 80 for access outside of the firewall"

If TIme COllections uses port 7001 then port 80 should not matter.   Port 80 is just the default port that websites use, but really you can use any port as long as you specify it in the URL like you are doing.

So it sounds like there is a porblem in that the firewall is blocking/dropping packets on port 7001 and that it doesn't have anything to do with port 80.  THis may not be true, but is the best guess with the information you have given.
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by:liltyga
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Thanks mrichmon,

I guess what they want to be able to do is access the app via http://192.168.74.12/DeltekTC/welcome.msv - I totally agree that the reference to the CF pages doesn't make sense.  Right now everything is being tested inside the firewall, but if I take of the port  7100 it's not working.  I'm really not sure what do address at this point since I'm not familiar with their appication.  I just want to make sure that I'm not missing anything obvious on my end.  Any other ideas as to what I should check in order to test succesfully inside the firewall?
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Well if their application installs on port 7001 then I don't think that you can read it on port 80 unless you can find a way in IIS to redirect all requests from port 80 to port 7001, but this may cause other problems.

It really depends on their application and which port it uses.  Maybe there is a setting in the application that tells it which port to use?
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Thanks again.  You know, I've been digging around all day, and this software is running under a BEA Weblogic server on port 7100!  I don't know how they expected it to run on both IIS and the BEA Webserver.  I don't have the software or enough understanding of the DelTek TimeCollection software to know if I can just copy the app from the directory of the BEA webserver and into the IIS root directoy.  In any case, I want to really point out how far off they were, since they're trying to blame CF as being the culprit for the whole mess.  
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You are correct in that CF is not the culprit at all.

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