May 20, 2014

SharePoint Site giving “HTTP 403 Forbidden” Error

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Overview

You are browsing a SharePoint site and you receive following error message.

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Diagnosis

The web apps are not opening from IE/Chrome/Firefox outside of SharePoint Server. Tried to open the web app from each WFE server but the web app are opening fine from WFE1 server but not from WFE2. The below error found in ULS Log on WFE1.

UnauthorizedAccessException for the request. 403 Forbidden will be returned. Error=Exception of type 'System.Web.HttpUnhandledException' was thrown.

at System.Web.UI.Page.HandleError(Exception e)

at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)

at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequest(Boolean includeStagesBeforeAsyncPoint, Boolean includeStagesAfterAsyncPoint)

at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequest()

at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequest(HttpContext context)

at System.Web.HttpApplication.CallHandlerExecutionStep.System.Web.HttpApplication.IExecutionStep.Execute()

at System.Web.HttpApplication.ExecuteStep(IExecutionStep step, Boolean& completedSynchronously)

Cause

The “Everyone’s” Read permission removed from bin directory for the web apps which is not opening.

Solution

Go to each web app’s Bin directory Properties. Add“Everyone” and provide read access. Do IISRESET. Everything will open fine.

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