IIS – The network location cannot be reached

I had a strange error in IIS6 today when adding a secondary IP.  The site wouldn’t start and gave the error “The network location cannot be reached”.  The IP was correct, pingable and the IIS host headers were all fine.

I had to install the Windows 2003 support tools to fix this.  They can be found on the install CD under \support\tools\suptools.msi

httpcfg query iplisten

Verifies which IP addresses IIS is listening on.  Mine wasn’t there so I added it by:

httpcfg set iplisten -i [ip address]

A full server reboot was also necessary, a service restart was not adequate, then IIS was happy.

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4 Responses to “IIS – The network location cannot be reached”

  1. Mattias says:

    Thanks, this was exactly what I was searching for. Shame you can’t easily configure those things from the GUI, since those options are nearly always greyed out.

    Thumbs up!

  2. Allan says:

    Thanks! Solved the problem with multiple SSL certs!

  3. Ryan B. says:

    Thank you so much! Really saved my ass. Kind of annoying that I couldn’t just restart services though, makes trying to keep server downtime to a minimum hard.

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