IIS 5 & IIS 6
Can ping from external - can't access site externally
Last post Feb 05, 2008 01:25 PM by steve schofield
Feb 03, 2008 05:43 PM|fodaley|LINK
I'm a novice w/ Windows Server and just trying a simple setup, testing
a static HTML page using Server 2003 Enterprise Edition with SP2. I can view the page from within the LAN on a
different computer so IIS should be up and running. I've enabled the
computer to respond to pinging, and using a computer outside the LAN
it can ping the computer. However, I can not access the page
I'm hooking up the computer directly through the cable modem and not
through a router. The computer's Internet connection is working (I'm
writing the post on the computer right now)
I've done a bunch of actions from what I've read online and to
Firewall is disabled
Directory security allows for anonymous access
IP Access restriction, by default allows all computers
World Wide Service enabled, IIS manager & common files installed.
Routing & remote access is configured. I played around w/ the Windows
firewall prior, but made sure it was set to off before enabling
routing & remote access. I can also see in the services window,
Windows Firewall is disabled.
Maybe there is there something in routing and remote access I need to configure?
To add to that, telnet does not seem to work even though I manually
Any help greatly appreciated! Thanks.
Feb 03, 2008 06:28 PMfirstname.lastname@example.org|LINK
"Cannot access" means exactly what? And why are you using routing and remote access? Did you enable address translation on your router?
Feb 04, 2008 08:12 AM|fodaley|LINK
Feb 04, 2008 09:20 AM|tomkmvp|LINK
Sounds like a router or network firewall configuration issue. What are you using for that?
Feb 04, 2008 03:11 PM|fodaley|LINK
Yeah, from the reading I've done that's what it seems how - however, I directly connected it to my cable modem to take the router out of the picture (I did enable port forwarding when it was attached to the router, but that's irrelevant now). Also, the firewall
I'm considering just reinstalling Server 2003 (I haven't activated yet :P), because it doesn't seem like setting it up should be difficult. However, it would be good knowledge to know what is going wrong.
I'll have the server up most of the day, and you can reach it at http://foley.kicks-ass.net/ if you want to see first hand that you can ping, but can not reach the site.
Feb 04, 2008 03:21 PM|fodaley|LINK
I suppose it's a bad idea for me to broadcast my location & the fact that the firewall is down...but once it's fixed I'll put it back up :P
Feb 04, 2008 03:49 PMemail@example.com|LINK
If remote desktop isn't working either, then it definitely isn't IIS related. This is basic networking. And I'm not sure you're really pinging the server, you may be getting a response from the router instead. Make sure you're using the external IP from
the external system and that the external IP is NAT'd to an internal address for port 80.
Feb 04, 2008 04:33 PM|fodaley|LINK
Wow, I'm deeply sorry, Remote Desktop is working. Telnet is able to open a connection as well... I'm not behind a router, so the port forwarding should not be an issue.
When I try to go to http://foley.kicks-ass.net it says
"The connection has timed out. The server at foley.kicks-ass.net is taking too long to respond"
The current settings for the site in IIS is 120 seconds connection timeout, Unlimited web site connections, enable HTTP Keep-Alives.
Is there any reason the connection may be timing out? Thanks!
Feb 04, 2008 08:21 PM|fodaley|LINK
Well, I found the answer, or at least something I believe to be correct. I have Cox as my ISP and I'm reading that Cox blocks port 80 for residential service. There goes my hope of experimenting. Maybe I'll use a different port besides 80 and see what happens.
In any case, thanks you guys for taking your time responding. My last question to you is, do you have any books or other resources to recommend to someone interested in servers?
Ultimately, I would like to learn about security & managing load balanced solutions. Thanks.
Feb 04, 2008 10:12 PM|steve schofield|LINK
I can't recommend any single book that would help. All my learning was OTJ or kicking the tires at home. One thing that helped me learn was get a static ip address and simulate having a server at home. Regarding NLB, check out Technet, there are several
Windows Server MVP - IIS
Log archival solution
Install, Configure, Forget
Feb 05, 2008 09:41 AM|tomkmvp|LINK
My last question to you is, do you have any books or other resources to recommend to someone interested in servers? Ultimately, I would like to learn about security & managing load balanced solutions. Thanks.
Feb 05, 2008 01:25 PM|steve schofield|LINK
Doh! Yeah, the IIS resource kit is a pretty good resource I've used once or a 1000 times. I just plain forgot!!