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I cannot connect to the local IIS 7 using "http://localhost" in IE. "" doesn't work either.

The strange thing is that if I add a binding on e.g. port 81, then I can reach "http://localhost:81". Also turning off the firewall on the local machine doesn't help. The site is reachable from the internet. The local requests don't seem to hit IIS (no entries in the IIS log files).

IIS is hosted on Windows Server 2008 R2 from behind a hardware firewall device.

Note that I'm a programmer, not a network administrator, so I'm having a hard time trouble shooting this.

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What is the actual message displayed in the browser? Turning off the firewall on the local machine won't help, it needs to be turned off at the server to test it properly. – Dave Dec 10 '12 at 15:56
whats the output of this command in Powershell? 'netstat -ao | findstr LISTENING' – Frank Thomas Dec 10 '12 at 15:57
(Note that I'm a programmer, not a network administrator, so I'm having a hard time trouble shooting this.) +1 for that! Me, too! – jp2code Sep 12 '14 at 21:26

Open up IIS and navigate to your site (use the content view, not feature view) and find your default site, locate your default file (index.html or default.aspx) and right click and browse. What does this do? The chances are the default site is not pointing to the locations you mentioned but something like localhost/webiste so I would guess the path you're looking at is wrong.

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If it still fails, please let me know why it fails (is there an error message)?

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Dave, I have the exact same situation as Wout. I did what you just suggested, and it shows This page can't be displayed. I was actually told to list my problem on ServerFault, so it is here: Cannot Get Ported Over Website to New Win2008 Server to Launch with screenshot. – jp2code Sep 12 '14 at 21:30

This worked for my situation, (however I set DisableStrictNameChecking=0):

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Please add the relevant content of the article to make a stand alone answer. – albal Aug 10 '15 at 15:57
While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. – Ramhound Dec 1 '15 at 12:20

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