403 Forbidden and Forms Authentication with MOSS

We have a public MOSS site setup to use Forms Authentication for protected content. When the user hits files in certain document libraries, the user is automatically redirected to the login page and then returned to the document after a successful login. However, for some users, when they click a link to view a protected file they are not redirected to the login page and a “403 Forbidden” error message is displayed in Internet Explorer. This behavior does not occur in non-IE browsers (Firefox, Safari).

After some research I found this article. It looks like the culprit is a Microsoft add-in for Office Live.

Fix: Uninstall the application called “Microsoft Office Live Add-in 1.3”. That solved the problem right away. No system reboot or browser restart necessary…

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MOSS Search Indexer “Access is Denied”

Have a MOSS farm the a web front-end and a separate search indexer. After installing some patches the indexer started failing with an Access is Denied message. MOSS configures a dedicated index machine by adding an entry to the HOSTS file that points the MOSS sites to the indexer’s IP address. If you try to connect to your MOSS site on the Indexer’s desktop you will unable to connect.

The patches are KB960803 and KB963027. You can read the notes here.

Following the instructions for Method 1 in the article fixed the problem and indexer was able to access and index the content again. The fix is a small registry entry that allows local connections to other host names.

“Unable to load client print control” in Reporting Services 2005

The user gets a dialog stating “Unable to load client print control” when clicking the print button on a Reporting Services 2005 report.

There much written about this and what Microsoft update broke this so I won’t repeat it here. (Google – reporting services “Unable to load client print control”)

The bottom line is that there’s an update that added a “kill-bit” associated to the ActiveX printing control used by Reporting Services. There’s an update to Reporting Services that supposedly fixes this http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=82833f27-081d-4b72-83ef-2836360a904d&DisplayLang=en

OR you can uninstall these 2 updates KB956803 & KB956391

OR you can just delete the registry entry causing the problem
Copy the red text below into a file with a REG file extension and double-click it

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\ActiveX Compatibility\{FA91DF8D-53AB-455D-AB20-F2F023E498D3}]

Blank Dialog Using Send To

You can setup a “Send To” destination for a library so that users can easily copy files and all of it’s properties to another library. Very handy if you have a lot custom columns on the document library.

When a user selects “Send To” and a predefined destination on a SharePoint document, the user is redirected to a page with the destination and if the author should be prompted to send out updates. When the user clicks OK, a dialog box pops up with no message.

We found that this issue was solved by having the user run Microsoft Office 2007 diagnostics. This utility appears to fix the problem.

BTW, Firefox doesn’t have this problem… 🙂