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Web Site Wont work (HTTP 403)

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"This error (HTTP 403 Forbidden) means that Internet Explorer was able to connect to the website, but it does not have permission to view the webpage."

Asp.net 4.0.

I created a new web site and it if giving error above.  It is exactly like another site that works.  I even tried pointing it at the same directory (web.config, files, etc).  Still doesn't work.

The site will serve htm files, but not aspx files.

The only thing I see different is the handler mappings (in the IIS console).  On the site that works, most are enabled.  On the one that doesn't, most are disabled, including *.aspx.  I don't see how to enable them.  Not sure if this is problem or not.

All permissions are the same.  IIS_USER has full read/write access.

Help!  Urgent!
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by:Paul Jackson
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If you are using Internet Information Services 7.0, after installing ASP.NET you might need to enable ASP.NET in the Internet Information Services (IIS) management console. IIS 7.0 introduces a new security lockdown console, which allows an administrator to selectively enable and disable functionality in IIS. When ASP.NET 4.0 is installed on a computer that uses IIS 7.0, the installation script creates a metabase key for that version of ASP.NET. This metabase key allows ASP.NET to appear in the console as a configurable component. A separate key is created for each installed version of ASP.NET, allowing each version to be separately configurable in the console.

To enable the Web service extension for ASP.NET 4.0


1.Click Start, click Control Panel, click System Security, click Administrative Tools, and then click Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager.


2.If you need to connect to a remote IIS Server, right click the Internet Information Services node and click the Connect... option.


3.Type in the computer name for the remote IIS Server and credentials if necessary.


4.Click the Web Service Extensions folder. The security lockdown console appears in the frame on the right.


5.In the Web Service Extensions window, right-click the ASP.NET v4.X.XXXX, and then click Allow.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa560277.aspx
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by:No1Coder
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I am using IIS7 on W2008.  These instruction to not match my system.

I can get into IIS console.  When I expand the sites, there is no Web Service Extension folder.  Also, my sites do not have virtual directories or applications.  

I was able to take an existing site that works (which has handler mappings enabled), and point at my new web site directory.  If I change the bindings, I can make it work.  There is nothing wrong with my site or web.config, it is the site config is IIS that is bad.

I still don't see how to update the handler mappings.  Also don't understand how to enable the web service extensions, and mentioned in this article.  The instructions don't seem to apply to W2008, IIS7.

I tried connecting to the server from a w2012R2 box.  When I connect, I get a strange dialog (attached).  I installed these.  I still don't see the Web Service Extensions folder on w2012R2 console either.  Still doesn't work.
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Check your app pool for your new site.  You need to set the framework to 4.0, normally it defaults to 2.0
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by:No1Coder
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The app pool is set to 4.0 (classic)
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by:No1Coder
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I am pretty sure it is the handler mapping thing.  How to I enable it?
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Was able to fix by enabling  read and script permissions on the isappy-dll.  I don't know what turned this off on my server, but enabling fixed.
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fixed problem
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