Redirect on SBS hosted web not working from linux based browsers

Posted on 2016-10-28
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Last Modified: 2016-11-04
I have a Windows SBS 2011 server that hosts the standard out-of-the-box web pages.  The ones we run and care about are wwwint and companyweb.  

From a windows 7/10 workstation, https://wwwint.company.local works perfectly and drops the user into the company time card system as designed.  It will work correctly from all browsers (that we care about), Chrome, Firefox, and IE.  

From a linux CentOS 6.x box, both from Firefox and Chrome, that same url will give you "403-Forbidden: Access is denied".   This is what I would get, and expect, if I were to address the server (from a windows or linux browser) by hostname directly (https://servername.company.local).  

So, apparently linux based browsers don't get redirected properly.

The questions I have are: is this a known issue (linux browser to sbs hosted web) and is there a fix or is this some kind of active-x thing that will never work?

Any insight is appreciated and thanks for your time.
Question by:Norm_Abrams
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Gaurav Singh earned 2000 total points
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Have setup the default page for the local site? Check the permissions of site and also make sure that you able to resolve the DNS from the linux machine

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Thanks Gaurav, the first part of your reply got me thinking about how or if my default web site was configured.  It turns out my default site is not configured.   That doesn't really matter, but while I was in there I also took a look at wwwint and noticed that it is only setup to accept HTTP transactions and not HTTPS.  I then looked at the Linux boxes and found that Firefox was auto-filling HTTPS whenever I would attempt to go to the wwwint URL, which is why I was getting the failures.  

As I understand it, this behavior from the browser is correct and a result of my server having the STS header set, which tells the browser that all web pages from this domain should be opened using HTTPS.  So, Firefox and Chrome are both behaving properly, it's my site setup that requires a look.

I guess the most likely solution to this issue is to configure wwwint to handle https.
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by:Gaurav Singh
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yes it its internal site only seflsgin Certificate will work.

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