Exchange 2003, OWA, HTTPS, 403 Forbidden

Posted on 2004-11-17
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
    can you access it by https://IP address/exchange


    Author Comment


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


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    Accepted Solution

    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.


    Author Comment


         You rock!

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



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