Can browse IIS directories, can't see from PC(s)

Posted on 2006-06-02
Last Modified: 2011-09-20
I’m not sure if this is an IIS issue or not, but I thought I’d try here first. The problem I’m having is I can’t open my web pages from a networked PC connected my IIS server. When I “browse” on the virtual directories, they open fine. When I open pages on http://localhost/commercial (for example, or any virtual directory), they open fine. I can ping the server from anywhere in the network, but can’t open a page. I appreciate any ideas or tools to figure this out.

Win Server 2003 SP1; IIS Ver 6.0
No Errors
Question by:soothin
    LVL 23

    Expert Comment

    when you try to open the file, what does it say?

    did you Add proper user account to the machien you hosting iis Files?
    did you try to access the Computer hosting file from RUN command?
    in Run type in..

    \\machine_name\Share_name(web site folder)
    LVL 34

    Accepted Solution

    Do you happen to have the Windows Forewall turned on?  It would allow access of the web server from the server itself but would block requests from other machines unless you opened up port 80.

    This is a common issue on Windows XP but I have also seen it happen on Server 2003.

    Dave Dietz
    LVL 6

    Expert Comment

    Please verify the following :

    1. Have you set any page(INDEX.HTML/INDEX.ASP) as default webpage in IIS.
    2. If you are opening .ASP or any other page then please verify extension enable in default site as well as web server extension console.

    Warm Regards,

    Vipin Gupta
    LVL 1

    Author Comment

    Thanks all for the quick responses; Dave hit it right on the nose. The firewall was turned on. Incredible! That firewall has caused me so much aggravation with email on the workstations; I didn’t suspect it also a problem in Server 2003.

    Write Comment

    Please enter a first name

    Please enter a last name

    We will never share this with anyone.

    Featured Post

    Enabling OSINT in Activity Based Intelligence

    Activity based intelligence (ABI) requires access to all available sources of data. Recorded Future allows analysts to observe structured data on the open, deep, and dark web.

    Suggested Solutions

    Here are the symptoms: You start receiving calls from users that one of your legacy web apps isn't coming up, so you log into your IIS 5 server to check it out.  When you pull up the services, you notice that the WWW Publishing service isn't runn…
    Logparser is the smartest tool I have ever used in parsing IIS log files and there are many interesting things I wanted to share with everyone one of the  real-world  scenario from my current project. Let's get started with  scenario - How do w…
    This video is in connection to the article "The case of a missing mobile phone (". It will help one to understand clearly the steps to track a lost android phone.
    Internet Business Fax to Email Made Easy - With eFax Corporate (, you'll receive a dedicated online fax number, which is used the same way as a typical analog fax number. You'll receive secure faxes in your email, fr…

    761 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    11 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now