I have a folder in an application that I would like available to the public. For example:


I found this question that says I should enable anonymous access from IIS to that specific folder (which is why I created a public folder).

2.In IIS manager, turn on Anonymous Authentication to the layouts subfolder that contains your ashx file....

However I can't find any documentation on how to enable this via IIS. Can someone explain how to do this, or even better provide another option for anonymous access to a handler.

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Open IIS Manager, open the server in the left navigation, click Sites, click on the arrow next to your web application, locate _layouts and select it.

In the main window you see Authentication, double click it, select Anonymous Authentication and select Enable in the right hand side Actions

  • This says its already enabled however when I go to it, it prompts for a login, any idea what may be causing this?
    – BlueBird
    Jul 26, 2013 at 13:26

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