In my quest to get WSUS updates working I've gotten stuck at this stage. WSUS reports that it cannot download the updates and upon trying via Internet Explorer it reports a 404 error.

A txt file in the same directory appears fine. Here is the output from the log for one of the update exe files:

#Fields: date time s-sitename s-ip cs-method cs-uri-stem cs-uri-query s-port cs-username c-ip cs(User-Agent) sc-status sc-substatus sc-win32-status 
2010-08-23 00:57:41 W3SVC1789576717 GET /Content/0E/DD7AE25A341E69544BA934B532CD270751C62A0E.exe - 8530 DOMAIN\username Mozilla/4.0+(compatible;+MSIE+8.0;+Windows+NT+5.2;+Trident/4.0;+.NET+CLR+1.1.4322;+.NET+CLR+2.0.50727;+.NET+CLR+3.0.04506.30;+.NET+CLR+3.0.04506.648;+.NET+CLR+3.5.21022;+.NET+CLR+3.0.4506.2152;+.NET+CLR+3.5.30729) 404 2 1260

From this I gather that the error "404 2 1260" relates to:

404.2-Lockdown Policy Prevents This Request

Things I have tried:

  • Checking that the MIME type is defined (it is)
  • Checking the permissions on the folder so that it's said to read and not execute (it is)
  • Allowing it via Web Service Extensions (i'm not sure how to do this, read this suggestion for things like perl/ASP scripts)

Does anyone have any other suggestions for what I could try? I'm quite new to Windows Server Administration, been using Linux for past 3 years or so and finding it much tougher!

Thanks for any help.


After a long day of checking, finally realised that they were talking about a different permissions box! In the websites properties removed execute permissions and all is fine now.

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