Using Windows7 Home Premium. It's a development machine, but that shouldn't matter.
I have IIS installed and can browse to http://localhost websites from the local machine. The default website is set to use port 80.
I added another website to IIS, set it to use 32-bit app pools, and port 81. when I try to browse to it, via localhost, I get "No connection could be made because the target machine actively refused it 127.0.0.1:81"
ok, this is pretty easy, right? Just enable HTTP over port 81 in the Windows firewall, right? I figured to use the port-80 rule in the firewall as a pattern.
To my surprise, there is a port 80 rule in Windows Firewall, but it is not enabled. This is a snip from the Windows Firewall MMC:
Yet I am able to connect to localhost via port 80.
and I am not able to connect to localhost port 81.