HTTP 403.1 Forbidden: Execute Access Forbidden

Posted on 2009-02-16
Last Modified: 2012-05-06
Hello expert,

Need to relocate four web sites from Morrisville to Dallas. The guys that went before built the
the web sites as folders within the same web site and so when we took one down we had to take them all down.Planned to build four web sites on the web server. Went to new web service and opened IIS. Right clicked on the name of the machine at the top of the  tree, on the left, and chose New, Web Site.  This opens the Web Site Creation Wizard which allows one to name the site, set the IP address and browse to the directory which will be the root.  With this done I tried to go to the web site which is on the LAN
with http:\\ServerName\WebName and got.

The page cannot be displayed
There is a problem with a program on the page you are trying to reach, and the page cannot be displayed.
Please try the following:
Open the labswirvg001 home page, and then look for links to the information you want.
Click the Refresh button, or try again later.
HTTP 403.1 Forbidden: Execute Access Forbidden
Internet Information Services
Technical Information (for support personnel)
You have attempted to execute a CGI, ISAPI, or other executable program from a directory that does not allow programs to be executed.
More information:
Microsoft Support

So I tried localhost and got the same message. Any idea what might be casuing this?


Allen in Dallas
Question by:9apit
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    Accepted Solution

    You must be running asp or something on window 2003.

    You need to enable the web server extensions under the iis MMC console for asp. The exact setting depends on what sort of web scripting you use. (asp,, php, coldfusion jsp etc etc).

    You may also need to enable script and execute permissions on the home directory tab in IIS.


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