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Our setup is like this, we have a webserver that runs an website on it, this website makes web service calls to another IIS site over https, last night all webservice calls started failing. I went on to the box and tried to bring up the website in IE (tried both 7 and 8) both failed with the error message "Cannot display the webpage" I then tried Firefox on the system, and the remote HTTPS site loaded just fine. As far as I can tell IE and by extension Windows are failing on the SSL handshake (IE receives a TCP RST command after the handshake, verified this through Wireshark.)

I'm not really sure where else to look with this issue, but any insight would be greatly beneficial.

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This may be your solution:

To paraphrase: "Using Firefox, in about:config, set your SSL2 to TRUE"

In IE8, go to tools->Internet Options->Advanced(tab)->SSL 2 (enable)

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unfortunately we could never find an answer to this problem, but did find out that the reason the webservice calls started failing was because on a manual error (wrong url stored in the web.config), so we gave up trying to fix it. – dsteuernol Feb 14 '11 at 3:48
That's a bummer. There are a lot of configuration parameters for VMWare Server 2. It's obviously a buggy product. Nonetheless, it's free, therefore I'm grateful. :-) – randy melder Feb 14 '11 at 13:23

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