New Exchange 2010 owa ( 403 - Forbidden: Access is denied. You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied)

Posted on 2013-12-21
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Last Modified: 2014-01-30
Hi Experts,


We just migrated to our new exchange 2010 server from 2007 and I just installed our certificate and am getting

403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.
You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied.

When going to owa.  If I go to the actual name of the server it works fine but if I go to our main domain name that is set up with everyone's mail, I get that error.

Any help would be appreciated.

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by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
ID: 39733742
To be clear here

If you go to https://sever/owa it works, but https://host.example.com/owa does not?

Are you testing this internally or externally? Internally, do you have a split DNS setup so the external name works internally?
Do you have an RPC CAS Array setup?
It could be that the DNS doesn't go where you expect to, so the result isn't what should be happening.


Author Comment

ID: 39733747
https://mail.server.org/owa works  https://mail.server.org/ does not.

This site does not have a split dns and should work internally as well as externally.

From outside and inside I land on a IIS 7 page.

I confirmed DNS for mail is set to the new server.
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Expert Comment

by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
ID: 39733792
That is the expected behaviour.

Exchange only works on /owa.

If you want to drop the use of /owa then you need to put a redirection on the root of the site. However you must configure all URLs within Exchange with the subdirectory listed - so you cannot list the URL on the OWA virtual directory without the /owa.

If you are configuring a redirect ensure that it doesn't affect subdirectories as well, or better still, use an HTML redirect in the root of the site.

If you want to use the same host name internally and externally you should use a split DNS. Most firewalls will not allow an external IP address to be used internally (basically coming back on itself) so the best practise is the deployment of a split DNS.

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Expert Comment

ID: 39734089
Sembee2 has it all correct.  If your firewall/router does not allow the external IP to be used internally, you may want to add your internal to the SAN certificate.  How was your 2007 exchange setup?

Author Comment

ID: 39785697
This is resolved, sort of.  It was the redirect that needed to be configured.  We had mail.company.org that needed a redirect to be set up for server.domainname.org/owa.

The issue now is that the redirect for http works fine, but the https redirect does not.  The redirect for http is set up through the 404 pages, not in IIS.  How can I redirect https as well?
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Accepted Solution

Simon Butler (Sembee) earned 2000 total points
ID: 39785813
Don't do it through 404s.
I always use HTML code on the root of the web site, so that it redirects to the HTTPS version at the same time.



Author Comment

ID: 39786629
Does that code redirect https as well?  That seems way too simple :)
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Expert Comment

by:Simon Butler (Sembee)
ID: 39787933
If you put the URL in the code as https://host.example.com/owa/, instead of just /owa/ then it will do so. Although if you have the URL set as https://host.example.com/owa in Exchange, then Exchange should redirect for you.


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