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404 error when using connect to join sbs 2008 domain

Posted on 2009-12-23
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Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have a problem when joining an SBS 2008 domain. When I go to http://connect I get to the correct site, but when I go to join I get a 404 file or directory not found error. I can browse to that directory through IIS however and launcher.exe is there.

c:\program files\Windows small business server\bin\webapp\clientdeployment\package

anyone else encounter this issue?
Question by:Mysterhays
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You'll get a 404 if you're attempting to launch something like an exe and don't have it defined as a web service extension.  To fix this, go into INET Manager and click on web service extensions.  Click on add a new web service extension, and point to your executable and give it a name.  Make sure you click the check box to set it as allowed.

You'll then need to make sure that your website or virtual directory that is running the executable has Scripts and Executables. allowed.  This is done by going to the properties of your site-->Home Directory.

For more info, check out this link: http://blogs.msdn.com/david.wang/archive/2005/07/11/Allow_file_downloads_on_IIS_6.aspx

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Thanks for that Tray896 but how would that have changed?

The launcher.exe is the way that Microsoft setup SBS 2008 to add clients through http://connect. Also that article doesn't describe a 404 error...unless it has something to do with the package folder not allowing IIS to browse therefor not allowing you to drill down further and returning a file not found error...
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So if you open IIS and right click on launcher.exe, does it give you a 404?  That article covers the situation where you get a 404 when trying to browse to an .exe, even though the file is clearly there.  That is caused by the extension not being allowed.

If your situation here is different then I may have misunderstood.  I also agree that it's odd that this would have just suddenly happened on its own.

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