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All, I've been dealing with this issue for several days now. When I hit our Central Admin site I'm getting HTTP 403 Forbidden (see image below) however, I am able to hit CA by adding So it's not permissions, right? It does not take me there on it's own.

Interestingly, everything works w/ default.aspx manually accessed except when I click on an SSP I get the same problem, HTTP 403 and I have to add /default.aspx.

I've ensured IIS has default.aspx set as the default document. I have checked permissions on the Virtual Directory and in the Config database. I also ran SQL Profile on the config database but did not encounter any errors. Lastly, I did check the log files and didn't see any errors related.

Any help is greatly appreciated!

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I think you forgot to attach the image. – RJ Cuthbertson Sep 6 '12 at 15:22
@rjcup3 got it-- thx – Bobby Beckner Sep 6 '12 at 15:25
Not that that helps much unfortunately... have you checked the web.config (the defaultUrl="x" property of the authentication provider)? – RJ Cuthbertson Sep 6 '12 at 15:27
@rjcup3 yeah I did and we don't have that property in the auth provider in the Virtual Directory 47855 web.config. I did add it but still experience the problem. – Bobby Beckner Sep 6 '12 at 16:28

Since you seemed to have tried the basics all you can really do is trace to see where the error is. It is perhaps a security authentication issue or something akin.

In order to determine have a look at Trouble shooting failed requests - Tracing in IIS7 this should help you find out what the reason is. (The example is for a 404.2 but this can be used for any failed request)

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ah, a path I shall indeed take. – Bobby Beckner Sep 6 '12 at 16:29

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