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I just installed Windows Server 2003 Standard.  It's running in an MS Virtual PC.  I'm logged in as admin.  In IE, I type in a URL but it never reaches the site.  It says "opening page..." for a while then says the page can't be found.  Any suggestions on what may be wrong?

I have a WinXP VPC setup the same way. It can access the Internet without any problems. Their networking is configured to use Shared NAT.  The only differences in their networking are the IP addresses - .72 vs. .65.
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by:rindi
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The security settings in IE Explorer of the server OS is set to allow nothing at first. You have to either lower those settings or tell the system what pages you are allowed to visit. Try firefox, with that you shouldn't have the same problems.
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by:KCTS
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Make sure that the Default gateway and DNS server are set up properly on the Virtual PC.
Try changing it from NAT to sharing the PC's NIC
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by:mattyfonz
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1. if you have a proxy make sure it is assigned in explorer options
2. if you have sp1 installed it installs explorer enhanced security, so like rindi said, try lowering your internet explorer security settings first and see if you can get a connection. personally i dont like to install anything other than what i have to on a server. less stuff = less chance of a security hole opening somewhere :)
3.pointing to the right dns on the server? have the right forwarders in place?
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by:timbrading
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Drop to a command prompt and do an ipconfig.  Check that your DNS and Gateway are set correctly.  Try pinging your router (if you have one), or whatever you have doing your routing.  Try pinging your DNS server.  Try pinging a website.  Do a tracert to a website, and see where it is failing.  If it cannot even resolve the address, then it WILL be a DNS issue.  The Enhanced security mentioned above would not give a page can't be displayed error, it would explain about the Enhanced Security, so I don't think that's the issue.
Let me know the results of the pings.
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by:brettr
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I lowered IE's security settings and installed Firefox.  Still nothing.  As I mentioned before this VPC is using the same network settings as a WinXP VPC that does surf.  The router is 192.168.1.1 but both of these VPC's use 192.168.131.254 for the default gateway.  That doesn't make any sense to me but the WinXP VPC works.

If I change the Server TPC/IP setup to use an available IP from the router and set the default gateway to 192.168.11, it still can't ping the server.

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This PC has a wireless (connects to router) and wired (connects to only another PC) NICs.  I set the VPC up to use the wireless NIC.  I can now surf.  Thanks KCTS.

I have two questions:

1.) Why didn't the Shared NAT work as it does with the WinXP VPC?

2.) I would like this server to also have a connection to the other PC.  When going only between PCs, I setup IPs on each that are outside of the router.  This keeps the router out of the loop.  How do I setup another connection to this PC?  It seems to allow setting up only the one connection.

Thanks.
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by:brettr
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I also try to run the Windows Updates.  I seems to go through checking my machine then finally I get a page that says Action Canceled.  Any suggestions on how to get around that?
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