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I have a very weird behavior from Coldfusion 8 and IIS 7.

On the IIS, a site is declared and one of the subsirectories is a virtual directory poiting to a local filesystem. Everything is working except for a subdirectory. All of the sudden, I get an error 403 Access Denied as soon as I try to access a subfolder.

I place a simple CFM page to make my tests:


This request works: http://myserver/vDir/fckeditor/editor/test.cfm

While this one triggers a 403: http://myserver/vDir/fckeditor/editor/filemanager/test.cfm

I checked the following and could not find any difference:

  • NTFS rights -> same on both directories. The user running the ColdFusion service has 'Full Control'
  • IIS Authentication -> same on both folders
  • Authorization Rules -> same on both folders
  • Handler Mappings -> same on both folders

I turned on the Failed Request Tracing and added a rule to capture the event. It appears that the wildcard Coldfusion ISAPI filter is actually throwing the exception:


DllName ColdfusionInstallationPath\runtime\lib\wsconfig\1\jrun_iis6_wildcard.dll


ModuleName IsapiModule

Notification 128

HttpStatus 403

HttpReason Access denied.

HttpSubStatus 0

ErrorCode 0

ConfigExceptionInfo Notification

EXECUTE_REQUEST_HANDLER ErrorCode The operation completed successfully. (0x0)

Do anyone have a clue on how to solve this?

P.S. This question is cross-posted on StackOverflow at

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Check this article, which seems to describe exactly what you're seeing.

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