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Localhost Security during ASP.NET development

I'm doing development in VS2005 on XP Pro SP2, using the IIS that comes with XP Pro.    I know very little about IIS.   However, I have pointed IIS's "home directory" at my development site and have gotten pages to display through it (I'm using the VS2005 built-in server for most of the initial work.)

My question is...(struggle to formulate)...what is the relation of this IIS (in XP Pro) to the "real web server" version of IIS, and do I have to do anything to keep this IIS from exposing my site and/or system on the internet?   (I've got NAT and SW firewalls, but I don't really know how they work either.)

Any guidance on this would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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codequest
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2hypeCommented:
The Windows XP Pro Version of IIS only allows 10 simatanous connections and has a limit of hosting 1 webpage.

The only way someone over the internet can view your site is if you open port 80 on your Router and forward it to your Webserver.  As long as you ensure the port is blocked you will be fine.
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codequestAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the input.    The router is a Linksys BESFR41...I haven't done anything with the defaults except to adjust some other port settings for Trillian/AOL teleconference.   How can I tell if Port 80 is blocked?   I see that if I "Filter" Port 80 it stops the browser from connecting to the internet, so that doesn't seem right.
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2hypeCommented:
If you havnt set up any port forwarding on your router to/from port 80 on your router it will be blocked.

By filtering port 80 you are probally blocking your machine from access port 80.  Which would be the internet.

You only want to block port 80 from incoming from the net.
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codequestAuthor Commented:
Ok, thanks.  That all makes sense.    I'm feeling more assured.
Grazie!
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