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Link to msg file

Posted on 2006-11-14
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I have a web page with links to files on a share on the web server. I have  no problem opening the links when they point to .pdf, .doc, .xls files but if  the link points to a file with the .msg extension (Outlook Express message) I get  the "HTTP Error 404 - File or directory not found" error message, even though the file is in the correct folder. I am able to open the file from the web server after installing Outlook on the server.  I have the default application for .msg files to be outlook.

Running IIS 6.0 on Win 2003 Server w/ SP1


Any ideas as to why I am not able to open the .msg file?
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If you want to allow this, you have to set up IIS to serve .msg file.  They are not allowed by default.
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Add .msg to MIME types in IIS.
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alorentz

I added a new mime type and put .msg as the extension and application/outlook as the MIME type: and got the same error. What did I do wrong?
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Never tried it with msg files... naybe this will help:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;326965 
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I discovered that if I go into the properties of the Virtual directory of the specific Web App I am concerned with and change add the Mime Type there then the link opens with outlook. The only problem now is I get a message that netscape doesnt know how to handle the file type and gives the option to open with the default. This would be ok but the box to always perform this action is grayed out.

If I go to the properties of Netscape and add the mime type to the helper apps then if I select Outlook it opens a blank message with the linked message as an attachment which is not acceptable. In any case it does not let me not ask do I want to do this.

Any ideas on how to handle this last hurdle.
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This is ASP section, not browser support.  Changing the MIME type as I suggested worked for you.
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Ok, I will check there. Thanks for all your help!
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