I seem to be having an issue that either no one else ever had or no one knows how to fix. I've researched several different forums and can't find a definite answer. I've accepted the fact that i'm not an expert and could be doing something wrong that is painfully obvious to others. Here's what is happening.
I got Windows Home Server 2011 installed on a fairly new Dell desktop. It far exceeds the hardware requirements. I added user accounts to correspond to the accounts on the computers that i was going to install the connector software on. I installed the connector software on my desktop and my laptop. The WHS Dashboard works on both machines no problem. Most of the functions on the Launchpad work too, except for one. On neither my laptop or my desktop I can't get the Remote Web Access function to work. When I click it, it starts my default browser, attempts to connect to https://SERVERNAME.homeserver.com, but returns an "Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage" message.
The only way to get the page to load is to use the IP of the server in the address bar. When I do this I get a certificate error.
Researching this issue I was told that because the certificate is self signed I'll always get a certificate error. Anyways, I click "Continue to this website (not recommended)" and I am greeted with the login page. I log in using an admin user on the box and I am able to see content and browse shared folders. Now this all works as intended except for two functions. When I select browse pictures, I sometimes get a red X instead of a picture thumbnail. This issue is insignificant though. My second issue is I am unable to remote to the server (Dashboard) or my other PCs (If I'm on the desktop i can't remote to the laptop. If I'm on the laptop I can't remote to my desktop). The error I get is "Your computer can't connect to the remote computer because the Remote Desktop Gateway server address requested and the certificate subject name do not match. Contact your network administrator for assistance".
Its important to note that the Remote Web Access works outside my network. I'm able to use my laptop at work, school, coffee shop, etc to connect and browse, remote, upload/download all day long with no issues. I can also access it from other peoples computer with no issue. Every function works just as advertised. Now if I could only figure out what is going wrong when I'm on my home network...
I did some general troubleshooting ; disabled firewall, checked router settings, released the domain name and recreated it. A forum mentioned routers not supporting loopback. I don't know what that is. I use a Netgear WNR1000 v2. I'm not sure if that's the case here but I'm hoping someone much smarter than I has seen an issue similar to this. Please help.