IIS error: "The network location cannot be reached.."
August 12, 2011
IIS Management | Troubleshooting | Windows

If you have change the IP address that an IIS website is pointing to, then find that when you try to restart IIS services you get the error:

The network location cannot be reached.

...you may need to use a utility called httpcfg to tell IIS to listen specifically to the new IP.

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Posted by ellen at August 12, 2011 04:44 PM

To see what IP IIS is listening on, type this in a command prompt:

httpcfg query iplisten

Tell IIS to listen on a new IP address by

httpcfg set iplisten -i [ip address]

To install httpcfg, you may need to download and run Windows Support tools as described here:


It may be enough to restart the application pool and the website, but you may have to reboot the server to get the change to take effect.

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