SSL Redirect on Cancel

So here’s the scenario… You’ve got a MOSS 2007 site using basic authentication with SSL and anonymous access enabled. The user hits the site and is prompted for login credentials. The user doesn’t have a login and hits cancel. SharePoint 2007 displays an ugly error message saying that access is denied. So you decide to create a custom error page with a redirect in IIS but it doesn’t work…

After many hours on the phone with Microsoft Support, the only conclusion was that this was an issue with the .Net Framework (not MOSS or IIS.)

The fix is to turn off anonymous access on the site. This will allow IIS to see the error and use the custom redirect. Not the easiest workaround if you have anonymous turned on for a reason but a workaround nonetheless…


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