SharePoint designer doesn’t like empty host names in IIS bindings

Sometimes when developing on SharePoint dev machines, you want to connect to your single-install SharePoint dev environment from outside your machine. You are not in a domain and thus don’t have a FQDN to bind to. So in IIS it typically defaults to:

Type Host Name Port IP Address Binding Information
http 80

When you want to access your SharePoint environment from outside your box, you typically add the second line:

Type Host Name Port IP Address Binding Information
http 80
http <your-host-name> 80 *

Doing so however, breaks your /_vti_bin/client.svc, making SharePoint Designer (and others) unable to connect to your server remotely.
Delete the blank hostname binding and you’re set to continue working!

Thanks to http://invista.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/sharepoint-designer-2010-cant-connect-to-the-server/.

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