Trouble accessing server manager

Discussion created by jrv27 on Jan 8, 2013
Latest reply on Jan 31, 2013 by kenburcham
I'm an extreme beginner with ArcServer and have been trying to setup an ArcServer test environment for a small company network (less than 5 GIS users) and I'm running into some problems.

I've installed ArcServer 10.1 on Windows Server 2008.

When I did the initial install, I was able to access the Server Manager [http://localhost:6080/arcgis/manager] while logged into the server it was installed on. However, I could not connect to the server from my desktop location [ArcCatalog -> Add ArcGIS Server -> Administer GIS Server -> http://SERVER-1:6080/arcgis] using the ArcGIS server account user name/password.  A search on that error (Proxy server got bad address) through the help documents suggested that the firewall on the server was blocking access.

I created a rule in the Firewall to open port 6080, and now I cannot access the Server Manager. I get an error in IE that says "localhost is not setup to establish a connection on port 6080". The rule I setup in the firewall seemed fairly open (granting access to all accounts, etc) so I'm not sure why localhost would not work with it.

If this is something obvious to a more seasoned ArcServer / IT professional, I'd appreciate any insights! Also, if there are any resources out there you'd recommend to a newbie to the server world, please share. : ) Thanks!