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Hello, I'd like to block IIS from receiving traffic on my development machine. Essentially, I want it to only serve pages to the local IP.

Can someone tell me how to do this?

Using IIS 7 on Vista.

Thanks~
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The easiest way to do this would be to use your Windows Firewall, but only if you know know exactly what subnets you will be needing access from.

1. Go to: Control Panel -> Windows Firewall.
2. From there Click "Turn Windows Firewall on or off" (accept the UAC message).
3. Now make sure the "On (recommended)" button is selected on the "General" tab.
4. Next, go to the "Exceptions" tab and click on "Add Port...".
5. In the "Name" box, type: "HTTP". In the "Port number" box, type: "80".
6. Next click on the "Change scope..." button.
7. If you only need access from your own subnet, then select the "My network (subnet) only" option, other wise select "Custom list" and enter in the IPs/subnet you want to access your webserver.  If you want to access it from two subnets, for example 10.1.x.x and 10.2.x.x, then you would enter "10.1.0.0/255.255.0.0,10.2.0.0/255.255.0.0" into the Custom list box.

I hope this helps.
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Thank you, do you happen to know if there is a way to do it from IIS?
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Yes, you can do this from IIS.

If you are using IIS 7, then you would open IIS Manager, click on the website you are wanting to restrict and in the Feature View for that website double click on "IPv4 Address and Domain Restrictions".  Under "Actions" on the right, you will select "Edit Feature Settings..." and select "Deny" from the "Access for unspecified clients" drop down list, then click "OK".  Then click on "Add Allow Entry..." from the Actions list on the right and make all you exception for address to allow access to your website.
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Okay, that's how I remember to do it...for some reason that feature is not in my IIS Manager. I'll look into seeing how to add it. Thanks again.
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Ahh, just had to check the IP Security box in the Windows Components dialog. TY
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