I have a very odd situation, I have a server (let's call it X) running 2008 R2 with two NIC's in it, one is connected to the work domain and has a subnet of the other is connected to a ADSL connection and has a subnet of The server has IIS installed.

On the ADSL connection I have setup a dynamic dns and port forwarding to allow external HTTP, HTTPS, FTP and RDP connections. FTP and RDP are working fine however neither HTTP or HTTPS are working at all.

I can browse the websites by going to localhost on the machine, the HTTP and HTTPS ports appear as "Filtered" when I try to scan them using PortQueryUI and browsers respond with a "Server took too long to load or was not responding" error.

This was working fine just a few days ago, Windows firewall is disabled I don't have any software firewall on it. And I'm really lost.

Any help would be great.


Can you try assigning the external IP to IIS and then try accessing the Web site using http://ip_address. Let's see if that works. If that fails, port 80 is blocked on that ip. http://localhost will always. Try netstat -ano and check if you are actually getting connected on port 80 to your external ip.

  • Hi Vivek thanks for the response, I'm not 100% certain I understand what you are saying but here are my results: 1. Bind IP to external IP 2. iisreset 3. externalipaddress = Failed server taking too long to respond 4. localhost = Success 5.netstat -ano TCP LISTENING 4 (PID 4 is system) not sure what the deal with that is. This server also has MS SQL2008 and Reporting Services Installed. – Beuy Mar 23 '10 at 4:29
  • when you did netstat -ano, did you see an entry of external ip corresponding to port 80? Basically, when you say "server taking long time to respond" means ultimately it will timeout. IIS is not getting the request and hence the timeout. I will also check IIS logfile to verify if the request actually reached IIS. – Vivek Kumbhar Mar 23 '10 at 4:41
  • I didn't see any entries for the external IP. Which logfile should I be checking? (Sorry bit of an IIS newbie) – Beuy Mar 23 '10 at 5:36
  • IIS logfiles are stored in C:\inetpub\logs\LogFiles. If this is your first site, a folder W3SVC1 will be created to store the logfile. – Vivek Kumbhar Mar 23 '10 at 5:51
  • No sign of the external IP in the logfile. – Beuy Mar 23 '10 at 6:00

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