Exchange 2003, OWA, HTTPS, 403 Forbidden

Posted on 2004-11-17
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Last Modified: 2012-02-25
Have been following Henrik Walther's book "CYA - Securing Exchange Server 2003 and Outlook Web Access" in an attempt to setup OWA and secure it. Everything has been going well until I got to the point of testing. When ever I go to IE 6 and attempt to access the server (https://<server>/exchange) I get the dreaded "HTTP 403 - (Forbidden)" error. I am prompted to enter credentials and have tried using a test user account, my account and the domain admin account, but all of them come up with the error.

I know that I am missing something simple, would someone be so kind as to point out what it is I am missing.

Thank you,

Question by:keatscon
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by:David Wilhoit
ID: 12608444
can you access it by https://IP address/exchange


Author Comment

ID: 12608489

    Unfortunately, no. Neither the FQDN nor the IP work.


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Sembee earned 500 total points
ID: 12608526
Check the authentication on the IIS manager for the Exchange virtual directories:

All should be basic and integrated ONLY.
In addition, /exchweb should also have anonymous access. No others should have anonymous.

If you are using SSL then basic authentication will be fine.


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ID: 12608666

     You rock!

     Thank you, Am now able to access OWA from within the internal network.



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