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Sharepoint foundation 2010 cannot login to a site collection created using powershell

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I wonder if someone can help me understand what I am missing here.

I am trying to create a host header based site collection in Sharepoint Foundation 2010 using powershell.  The creation process appears to complete ok but after the site collection has been created it is inaccessible.  What I mean by this is that pointing a browser at the new site collection gets a prompt for login but when I try to login using the credentials for the site administrator those credentials are never recognised.  This is my environment.

The server on which SPF is installed has  a computer name of DELL-M4300.   We have a Active Directory/dns server configured that correctly points to DELL-M4300 and dell-m4300.mydomain.com. If I ping either of these addresses, they resolve fine.

I have a web application configured using Sharepoint Central Administration that is on port 80.  This application is configured to use windows authentication using NTLM.

I can create a root site collection through Central Administration and asisgn myself as a site administrator using my account mydomain\nick

Once created, this site collection is accessible at address http://DELL-M4300.  I can login to this site collection using my account mydomain\nick.

So, now I want to create a host header based site collection to be available at http://www.dell-m4300.mydomain.com.   I have created entries for this address in dns and confirmed that I can ping the entry (www.dell-m4300.mydomain.com).

Using powershell, I am trying to create a site collection based on the team site template.  To do this I am using the commands:

$template=Get-SPWebTemplate "STS#0"
New-SPSite http://www.dell-m4300.mydomain.com -OwnerAlias mydomain\nick -HostHeaderWebApplication http://DELL-M4300 -Template $template

This process runs ok in powershell and comes back indicating success.   Also, if I now go to Central Administration, I can see the new site collection www.dell-m4300.mydomain.com listed with my user account as an administrator.

However, if I then browse to http://www.dell-m4300.mydomain.com, I immediately get a login prompt.  I enter my user account details correctly but the login prompt immediately pops up again.  In other words, it is impossible to login.  I have tried this entire process using other user accounts, adding secondary administrators, etc but none of the user accounts can login.

One final note.  If I create a new path based site collection in the same application using Central Administration with myself as site administrator, everything works just fine.   Once created, I can login to the path based web site with no problem.

Any advice would be very appreciated.

Nick
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when you are browsing to the site, are you doing it on the server?  do you get the same results if you try from an outside computer?
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also, do you have an a host header entry on your IIS site for this web app?
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I was trying to browse the site on the server itself.  Actually, this installation is for a development platform (DELL-M4300 is actually a laptop) so being able to log in from the server is critical.

Following your comment however, I have this morning tried to log in from an outside computer.  This works fine!  No problem to log in.

I don't have any host header entry on the IIS site for this web app.

Based on the above, do you have any idea what might be going on to prevent access on the server itself?

Thanks a lot.
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Just a quick follow up.  I repeated the process on another server (our production server) with exactly the same results.   The host header site collection cannot be logged into from the server itself but can be logged into from a different PC.  Any further assistance would be greatly appreciated.
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I think I found a solution to this problem.  It is documented here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/896861

I followed method 1 work around but did not implement step 1 from that method.  

Thanks for all the help.
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This comment pointed me in the right direction to narrow in on the problem and eventually find a solution.
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