Troubleshooting guide for Windows hosts -file

This post describes how to fix possible issues with Windows hosts-file. I’ll first document how to find the damn file, and then go through a bunch of options on what to check and how to fix different possible issues. Opening the hosts -file First of all, hosts file location is usually: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts (link may or may not work depending on your security settings and browser version, but you can always copy-paste it to your text editor’s “Open”-dialog… :) Editing the file requires elevated privileges for […]

SharePoint Authentication prompt

Windows Authentication fails on SharePoint for all hostnames (other than localhost)

This post describes how to fix Windows Authentication on a SharePoint server failing on other local addresses than plain old localhost. Symptoms You get the standard Windows/Basic Authentication prompt when accessing your SharePoint site, but the site won’t accept your credentials when your accessing the site using an address like http://website. However, using address like http://localhost works fine (but of course may cause other problems). You also get event log entries like this (most likely in System -category): The program w3wp.exe, with the assigned process ID, […]