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I just copied a static website into a local folder, and I want to view locally thru IIS so no big ambitions.
Win 8.1, IIS, in the IIS snap-in, I've already removed 'Default Website', not sure how, but anyway, I click 'Add Website', Site Name=arbitryname, physical path= to static folder, IP address (leave All Unassigned), host name-another arbitrary name, adds OK but I can't browse to it.
I don't know to browse to http://localhost/arbitryname, or http://anotherarbitaryname, or etc. but anyway, nothing coming up, any Ideas?
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by:Kent Dyer
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Being able to browse or open a folder in IIS is a vulnerability.  By default, it is turned off.  You can turn it on in settings..

In IIS, you can view webpages in MMC..  Depending on GPO and security settings, you may not be able to browse to localhost.

You do need to keep one thing in mind..  Windows 8.1, 8, 7, etc. and the use of IIS is called personal web services.  While OK as a "Playground" it is not a good "enterprise solution".
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by:Silas2
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This is really a playground purpose.
I may not be explaining myself, I'm not 'Being able to browse or open a folder' but just trying to get IIS to dish out static pages from the folder, I just keep getting 502, DNS lookup failure.
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by:Kent Dyer
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in your local hosts file (C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc). And still holds true on 64-bit implementations.  Do you have have:

#      127.0.0.1       localhost

You may need to turn this to:
      127.0.0.1       localhost

Save and close..  Try again..  if it still does not work..  Try - http://127.0.0.1 in place of http://localhost
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by:Silas2
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Its says in the hosts file:
# localhost name resolution is handled within DNS itself.
#      127.0.0.1       localhost
so...that's the windows I default, I haven't touched it, myself. knowingly...
When I try http://localhost/websitename/filename.html I'm getting a 404, it's definitely there, and I'm copy/pasting the websitename from 'Edit Site Bindings/Host Name' in the snap-in...
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by:Kent Dyer
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Just try this..  If you are not going to edit the hosts file with notepad then...

try - http://127.0.0.1 and see if that comes up..

in IIS itself as well you should be able to browse to page as well.
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by:Silas2
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If I do  http://127.0.0.1 I get a blank page, but when I do http://localhost/, I get the iisstart.htm page, so I guess localhost is working, dunno whats wrong with 127.0.0.1 though..
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by:Kent Dyer
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That is good..  Can you get to http://localhost/somepage.htm does it display?
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I'm getting 404's
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let me fire up my xp vm..  just a sec.
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I really appreciate your help, I gotta go out now though, I'll be back on it tomorrow though...
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Kent Dyer earned 125 total points
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OK..  Just completed the setup of IIS and works fine,,

Please review the attached.
IIS-Setup.docx
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by:David Johnson, CD, MVP
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in the bindings if you specify a hostname you have to add that name to your hosts file
IIS Bindings
# IP             Hosts

127.0.0.1	testa
127.0.0.1	testb
127.0.0.1	Website1
127.0.0.1	Website2
127.0.0.1	Website3
127.0.0.1	Website4

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