Internal IIS and DNS

Posted on 2013-01-03
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Last Modified: 2013-01-18
I have a Windows 7 x64 Pro PC running IIS 7.0. The PC has a static IP address. IIS is configured and has an operational test site. The PC is joined to a domain.

The PC is part of a domain, it has an A record in the localdomain Forward Lookup Zones within DNS. It points to the static IP address of the PC.

Since the PC now has IIS setup I assumed that I would be able to open a browser and browse to the IP of the PC and get the test site. Didn't work.

I have created another A record within my .com forward lookup zones and it points to the static IP. that also did not work.

What I want to be able to do is access the test site by going to a URL from a separate, internal PC. Any input would be helpful. Thanks.
Question by:dguillen
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Russ Suter earned 2000 total points
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DNS operates on port 53. You might want to check your firewall rules.

Also, I've found that when browsing to a local site you can't just type in the IP address. It must be preceded by "http://"

Finally, make sure your IIS site is working by going to the machine on which IIS is configured and typing "localhost" in the address bar of a browser. If IIS is working you should see the website.

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Firewall is disabled.

I was using http:// and https:// (IIS is configured for both).

localhost did not work but the url did as well as the browse website feature within IIS on the local PC.
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by:Dave Baldwin
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Also make sure that port 80 is open for external connections in your firewall.  There is also a place in the IIS manager that defines both the IP/port for the site and what external IPs are allowed to access the site.  But I can't find a page for it at the moment.
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turns out that the firewall on the local pc was not disabled. disabled it and everything worked.
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by:Russ Suter
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The first thing I suggested was firewall rules and it turns out that was the problem.

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user error.

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