What I want to do is simple. I have two PCs on a home network: One Windows Vista Business edition with IIS 7 where I develop a web site. I want to be able to access that web site from a Windows 7 PC. So far this is what I have:
I made sure that I could access the Windows 7 PC from the Windows Vista PC. Network discovery seems to have found the Windows 7 PC and I have been able to access the public files of that Windows 7 PC from Windows Vista in Windows Explorer.
I would love to access the Windows Vista public files from the Windows 7 PC. But I explored 'Network' in Windows Explorer that PC doesn't seem to find the Vista PC. This might point to a problem that explains the web access issues.
On the Vista PC, I made sure to allow exceptions through the firewall. I have opened the http port 80. I have also selected World Wide Web Services as an exception. I tested different scenarios: setting the exception for all PC on my network, and also for the specific IP address of the Windows 7 PC.
After having done all of that I can't access the Vista PC IIS server from the Windows 7 PC. The Vista PC doesn't respond to the http request.
I have Windows Security Essentials installed on the Vista PC to scan files. Of course, I have the firewall turned on. Other than that as far as I know I didn't specifically install additional security features.
I don't plan to make this web server accessible outside of the home network. So there must be a safe way for me to be able to share this IIS server between the two PC. Is there is step that I was unaware of to have this. The PC are connected through the ISP wireless router. They each have their IP address, and I have been attempting to access the Vista server from Windows 7 using the Vista IP address, e.g.