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    Accessing IIS 7 server installed on Windows Vista from a Windows 7 computer


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    I have IIS 7 installed on a Windows Vista (Business Edition) pc and I want to be able to access the sites on this server from a Windows 7 pc. I type this in address bar 192.x.x.x The connection times out. I have several sites installed on the IIS server at different port numbers. I also tried to specify the port number like this 192.x.x.x:84. I got the same problem. What is the correct way to specify the location of the site?

    Since I was able to set-up a remote desktop to that pc, I am assuming that it is visible from the network. What else do I need to be able to access the IIS server? Are there specific settings on the firewall? How to I specify them? I have Windows Security Essentials installed on that Vista computer. Does that have an effect?
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    You appear to be using the proper syntax to access your IIS server on an alternate port. You need to make sure the port is open through any firewalls and/or security programs on the IIS machine, and through any routers between the two machines (if there are any). There shouldn't be anything you need to do special on the windows 7 machine.
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    Opened port and site not accessible


    I opened to the Windows 7 pc, ip address 192.x.x.7pc, the port where the web site is located. I did that with the instructions on this page.

    windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Open-a-port-in-Windows-Firewall

    I requested a TCP port, then clicked change scope to provide the ip addresses for the pc, 192.x.x.7pc. That did not seem to fix the problem. I also added the address for the wireless router. That did not help either.

    Is there anything else I should do?
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    Works now!


    Originally Posted by Doug G
    You appear to be using the proper syntax to access your IIS server on an alternate port. You need to make sure the port is open through any firewalls and/or security programs on the IIS machine, and through any routers between the two machines (if there are any). There shouldn't be anything you need to do special on the windows 7 machine.
    Thanks Doug. The page did provide the right information for opening the port. Now it works. At first, I modifed a port definition with the instructions. When I delete that port and did the steps again with a new port, it worked.
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    I'm glad you got it functioning. I run across port opening problems a lot, I seem to have clients who have multiple firewall software running, open a port and the application still doesn't work because the other firewall is still blocking.
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