IIS and Remote Desktop unavailable

Posted on 2006-05-02
Last Modified: 2013-12-23
We have a very strange problem.  We have a Windows Server 2003 box acting as a web server, mail server and an internal file server.  The email client for the mail server runs through IIS on this box.  At random periods during the day we can no longer access the email client user our external IP.  We get a message saying the request timed out.  At this point, remote desktop access to the server will no longer work either.

Internally, IIS appears fine as we can access it using the local name of the PC, and remote desktop connects using the local PC name as well, but we cannot access either using the external IP.

The really strange thing is that when we open a browser window on the server, we are able to access any pages on that server and it frees it up for anyone trying to access a page from outside our network.  This also gets Remote Desktop working again.

So in other words, the fix is opening a browser window and typing in our external IP.
Question by:mario2_1999
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    Accepted Solution

    i would like you to clarify a couple of points:

    1. Is the DNS server belongs to your organization or hosted by the ISP?
    2. Are the Forward as well as the Reverse Lookup Zones configured properly?

    The reason i'm asking this is because;
    1. if the DNS server belongs to ISP, record scavenging could be the problem. if this is the case and the isp doesn't co-operate, what you could do is create a small batch file, which at specific intervals simply connects to your server and disconnects.
      Also, if the ISP is hosting the DNS server it's the responsibility of the ISP to provide the reverse lookup pointer. so you could check both things.

    Hope this helps, and keep us posted.


    Author Comment

    I found the solution to my problem.  I have 2 network cards in my server and each one had a different default gateway specified.  Since removing one of the gateways the problem has not reoccured.  Since no one else even attempted to answer my question, I'll award the points to sarangk.

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