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I'm running a Windows Server 2008 R2 with IIS 7.5 and want to deploy an old silverlight business application with membership provider and wcf data services (not ria) on it, so everyone in the LAN could run the application out of their browser.

I installed the IIS role with some roleservices (, authentication etc.) and created a new site where visual studio publishes the needed files.

On this Server runs also a SQL Server 2008 R2 Express, which is used by the silverlight application. The Server doesn't run any domain services.

[EDIT] resolved, Firewall blocked this. I can reach the the application only on the server (localhost:port, or ip:port, hostname:port) but not from any other machine. [/EDIT]

Maybe someone has an idea?


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Have you enabled TCP/IP Protocol for the service: Sql Server Configuration Manager -> Sql Server Network Configuration -> Protocols -> Enable TCP/IP -> Restart? – t3hn00b Jun 28 '12 at 12:06
No, but nothing changed after enabling TCP/IP and restarting the SQL Server Service. Still getting a message "user could not be retrieved". – float Jun 28 '12 at 12:17
Did you also setup the membership provider's database/tables? Otherwise the forms authentication will not find the user (I am assuming the previous business app used a standard membership provider database). – Gone Coding Jun 28 '12 at 12:27
It's an older project so I've copied the membership providers table/procedures/views to the local running SQL Server. It only works with ip:port or localhost:port but not with hostname:port. – float Jun 28 '12 at 12:29
What error are you getting in the IIS logs? Where is my IIS log file – Amicable Jun 28 '12 at 13:13
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If there is a firewall running on the server it is likely that this is blocking access to the port you are running your Application on If you don't have a third party firewall installed, maybe Windows Firewall has turned itself on

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Thanks. Really stupid. But the other problem still exists (no login when I visit the website through its hostname) – float Jun 28 '12 at 12:02
Errr that doesn't make a lot of sense that it works with the IP but not the hostname. When you say "no login" do you mean the windows authentication login box doesn't appear or something? – theedam Jun 28 '12 at 12:06
the forms authentication login appears, but after sending user/pw i get a message "user could not be retrieved". I would debug it, but it doesn't load the symbols :/ – float Jun 28 '12 at 12:20
Remote debugging says it needs administrator rights. There fore I created a user with admin rights but it doesn't work. – float Jun 28 '12 at 12:26
But you can login fine on the IP address – theedam Jun 28 '12 at 12:28

To determine where your IIS log files are stored, please perform the following steps on your server:

Go to Start -> Control Panel -> Administrative Tools Run Internet Information Services (IIS). Find your Web site under the tree on the left. Right-click on it and choose Properties. On the Web site tab, you will see an option near the bottom that says "Active Log Format." Click on the Properties button. At the bottom of the General Properties tab, you will see a box that contains the log file directory and the log file name. The full log path is comprised of the log file directory plus the first part of the log file name. For example, if the dialog box displayed the following values:

Log file directory: C:\Windows\System32\LogFiles Log file name: W3SVC1\exyymmdd.log

2012-05-08 23:55:19 W3SVC740447538 POST /_vti_bin/sitedata.asmx - 1339 - Mozilla/4.0+(compatible;+MSIE+6.0;+MS+Web+Services+Client+Protocol+2.0.50727.3615) 401 2 2148074254

Here's a sample line from my IIS log. It's all timestamped so you can see at 23:55 I was getting some "401 2" accesss denied messages, with the windows error code "2148074254".

You can then use this data to trouble shoot your error message.

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Unfortunately nothing has been written to the log file :-/ – float Jun 29 '12 at 9:18

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