I am having a strange problem with a windows 2008 32 bit server accessing the internet. First symptom was that windows update stopped working. After additional testing here are all the things I know.
I can ping external websites by name and IP address
I can open websites on the local domain.
IE8 will not open any external websites, and when attempting to access an external website the network access will change to local only for a period of time.
Installed firefox and it will open only https external sites. (internal sites also work for http)
Windows firewall is turned off and stopping the firewall service made no difference.
Stopping antivirus had no effect.
Resetting IE8 had no effect.
Server has a static IP and is running SQL server 2005 with several databases.