Monday, August 07, 2006

HTTP 403 access denied on WSS 3.0 or MOSS 2007 beta2 - enable the Web Application Service

Typical steps in a SharePoint installation are these:

  • Create a web site in IIS
  • Create a web application through the SharePoint Central Admin for the web site created in the first
  • Create a site collection and choose a team site template for the web application.

After this, you try to navigate to your newly created SharePoint 2007 site but you get an error message - "http 403, access denied". Make sure that you have enabled the Web Application Service under Central Administration > Operations> Services on Server. This service is actually used to create the SharePoint sites and is disabled by default.

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