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Microsoft KB Archive/170857

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Error Message: HTTP/1.0 403 Access Forbidden

Article ID: 170857

Article Last Modified on 6/23/2005


  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 2.0
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 3.0

This article was previously published under Q170857

We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 6.0 running on Microsoft Windows Server 2003. IIS 6.0 significantly increases Web infrastructure security. For more information about IIS security-related topics, visit the following Microsoft Web site:


When you try to access the Internet Information Server (IIS) from a browser, you may get the following error message:

HTTP/1.0 403 Access Forbidden


If the Directory Browsing Allowed option is clear (not selected) in Internet Service Manager WWW Service Properties Directories, and the Enable Default Document option is selected, you will get the above error message.

Also, the default document listed has a different name than the actual default document file, for example, the default document name listed is Default.htm, and the actual file is Default.html.


Select the Directory Browsing Allowed option, or modify either the default document name listed in Internet Service Manager or the actual default document file name to ensure that they match.

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