Server 2008 R2 IE Won't Open Any Website

Posted on 2012-09-05
Last Modified: 2012-09-06
I have a 2008 R2 server that suddenly won't open any websites in IE.  When I open, I get the message that enhanced security is not enabled (I disabled for administrators).  I type in a URL, and the page times out with the message that there are connection issues.

I can tracert websites from the server just fine.  This is also seeming to be affecting WINHTTP, as a new certificate on the server can't be verified (3rd party certificate from GoDaddy).  I was able to get the certificate to work with exchange using the CMD Shell, but can't use the web browser on the machine and think this may have something to do with it.

We do not use any proxy servers in our organization.

Any help would be appreciated.
Question by:Craig_Kiddoo
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    Accepted Solution

    Since you have the security thing turned off and you have no proxy servers, the next thing I would check is the Windows firewall.  Turn it off and see if the problem goes least the "getting to the Internet" problem.

    Author Comment

    The Windows firewall has been disabled from the start.  We have a good firewall and I don't want the extra overhead on the server.  No changes have been made to the external firewall...and I did not have this problem in the past.  The second 2008 server on the network does not exhibit the issue at all, and uses the same hardware based firewall.
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    Expert Comment

    Try loading up an alternate browser. If that works, it kind of points to IE as the issue. It that also fails, then it's something deeper in the OS or something external.

    Compare IE settings on both 2008 servers looking for some difference. Check ipconfig settings on both. If you have an internal Intranet server, can you see it in IE?

    Author Closing Comment

    Turns out it was a firewall issue.  For some reason, our hardware based firewall was not allowing http traffic through for the server.  Reset the configuration and now http traffic is making it through and all is working.  I'll award points for your first response since it was the correct answer.

    Thank you.

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