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Sarito
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Hi Everyone!!

 

I have a server (WSE2012) and client (WIN7) set up running for a while. Now I am trying to set up a web server which I would like to access from other computer connected locally. 

 

IIS comes pre-installed, but when I browse to http://<servername> from within LAN or http://localhost within the server  I get the following message:

 

"Remote web access is turned off"

 

Do I need to turn on remote web access for local web server? 

 

I am new to windows server etc., any help is much appreciated.

 

Regards,

Sarito

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Thank you jmwills,

 

I have been reading up on that on technet.microsoft.com. If you know any other resources

 

could you please send it to me.

 

Domain wise which one is better buying my own domain or Microsoft's free domain?

 

Thanks,

Sarito

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Use the free one from MS.
http://m.winsupersite.com/article/windows-server/windows-server-2012-essentials-access-server-remotely-144435

The above is a decent beginning. The one thing most everyone here will stress is to setup the port forwarding manually. The wizard will throw an error but ignore it.  The wizard will insist to set it up for you which requires enabling UPnP on your router.  This feature is a HUGE security risk is you leave it enabled, however, depending on your knowledge level, you may want to let the wizard do this and then immediately disable it.  Do one thing at a time, and by that I mean get the website working with Anywhere Access and then worry about VPN if you want that feature.

http://www.tinkertry.com/how-to-make-windows-server-2012-r2-essentials-client-connector-install-behave-just-like-windows-home-server/

Read the above before you start joining clients

 

 

If you can give us the make and model of your router, we can point you to some links on the router configuration for port forwarding.  Basically, you are going to forward ports 80 and 443 to the IP address of your server.

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with regard to the UPNP comment above, is UPNP a vulnerability from the LAN side or only if it is visible on the WAN port?

I use UPNP but grc.com / Shields Up reports no vulnerability from the WAN side in its UPNP test

inquiring minds want to know.

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We don't disagree often, but I'm going to differ from jmwills on the UPnP question.

 

UPnP is a huge risk from inside the LAN because of your clients. If one of your clients browses to the wrong site, or someone clicks the wrong email link or attachment, your client could get infected with malware that proceeds to open up ports on your UPnP-enabled router. Those open ports can then allow black hats to take control of your system and use it pretty much any way they want.

 

Basically, friends don't let friends UPnP.... ever.

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I think we're saying the same thing.  If the ability to sue UPnP is disabled at the router, you are fairly secure.  Nothing is absolutely secure except for the system encased in concrete at the bottom of the ocean.

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Thanks everyone. I will give it a go over the week end. 

 

I am based in UK and the router I use is 'BT Hub 3'. 

 

Thanks, 

Sarito

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