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  • Error while using secure connection (https) with SBS 2008 - "403 - Forbidden"

    Hello!! I am new for this forum and I need someone's help!

    Here is my problem,
    I have installed SSL certificate from GoDaddy.com on SBS 2008 using SBS Console. That was pretty simple procedure. Then, I started to test secure connection (https) using Internet Explorer.

    When I tested OWA (Outlook Web Acces)
    https://mail.harmer.com/owa
    ... everything showed up correctly (you could log-on and there was no probelm with that).

    However,
    when I tried to open IIS7 (with https) in a browser
    https://mail.harmer.com/
    I have to agree for a certicicate, and it looks like the ceritficate is there however the content of the website is not visible and all I can see is this error message....

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


    Interesting is that when I try to open
    http://mail.harmer.com/ (http instead of https)
    I can see a website and IIS7 shows up.

    What do you think can be a problem with this?
    I will be very happy to see a solution for this problem

    Thank you very much!

    Kamil

  • #2
    Re: Error while using secure connection (https) with SBS 2008 - "403 - Forbidden"

    I'm not really sure I would call this a "problem". It would seem to be a default configuration with SBS 2008 (my box does the same).

    I think that MS ships SBS 2008 with no HTTPS bindings for the root website. Unless you are running a website that require SSL connections, there's no need to have an HTTPS request to the root website actually do a anything.

    Are you planning on hosting a website on the SBS machine, or it is more just going to be used for email and AD?

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    • #3
      Re: Error while using secure connection (https) with SBS 2008 - "403 - Forbidden"

      I just want to use this server for emails and this is the most important. Before I installed certificate I was able to see that IIS7 website and after that it disappeared showing an error.

      Are you saying you see the same thing on your machine? DO you have installed SSL certificate? I am asking because as I said I was able to see that IIS7 website before installation of SSL certificate

      Thank you for your response!

      Kamil

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      • #4
        Re: Error while using secure connection (https) with SBS 2008 - "403 - Forbidden"

        Yes, we have a public CA certificate installed. If I do the same thing on my machine (browse the root website with HTTPS), I get a 403. It is interesting that you could see the HTTPS version prior to installing a certificate. I'm really not sure what the cause of that might be.

        I just checked IIS on my machine and there is no HTTPS binding for the default website. If you added this binding, I'm guessing it would start serving HTTPS requests for the default site, but it really is a guess - I haven't ever done or tested that.

        As far as email goes, even with a 403 for the root website, OWA, Outlook Anywhere, and MAPI all work fine for me.

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        • #5
          Re: Error while using secure connection (https) with SBS 2008 - "403 - Forbidden"

          Originally posted by kamil607 View Post
          When I tested OWA (Outlook Web Acces)
          https://mail.harmer.com/owa
          ... everything showed up correctly (you could log-on and there was no probelm with that).

          However, when I tried to open IIS7 (with https) in a browser
          https://mail.harmer.com/
          I have to agree for a certicicate, and it looks like the ceritficate is there however the content of the website is not visible and all I can see is this error message....
          Kamil - It sounds like your issue isnt the certificate, but moreover the "URL" you are attempting to go to.

          When you go to https://mail.harmer.com/owa it goes directly to the subapplication for Outlook Web Access.

          When yo go to https://mail.harmer.com it is the ROOT of your web application site and it isnt specifically going to the Outlook Web Access portion. Hence the Directory listing error because you dont have anything else running on your root.

          If you have nothing else you want running besides your OWA then I suggest you use the HTTP Redirect.

          Check the box Redirect requests to this destination: /owa
          Check Only redirect requests to content in this directory (not subdirectories).

          Then when you go to https://mail.harmer.com it should redirect you with the proper certificate causing you no errors.

          Hope this helps.

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