After finishing the MOSS 2007 64bit SP2 on Windows Server 2008 base OS, I went ahead to create a web application and then a site collection as per document's instructions: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262714.aspx
The problem I experienced was that when I hit the new site, everything loads except for the graphics. I went ahead to figure out the directory for the image and I can go to the directory to see the picture. Since the pictures weren't showing up, I also tried to directly access the image through the URL: http://188.8.131.52/_layouts/images/navshape.jpg and this is where I get a:
· 403 - Forbidden: Access is denied.
You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied.
I have no issues with all the images in the Sharepoint Administration page and when I browse the image via http://server1:32873/_layouts/images/recycbin.gif I can see the recycling bin.
I went ahead to try to review the permissions to see if they were set appropriately and they were (Users and WSS_admin_wpg were listed). As a troubleshooting step, I also added “everyone” and the “IUSER” account to read access but even by doing so, I was still getting the 403 error.
After spending some more time to troubleshoot the issue, I noticed that both:
1. Allow unspecified CGI modules
2. Allow unspecified ISAPI modules
…were both unchecked. This was when I finally found a workaround here: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/942065
This fixed the problem but it was only for this site. As soon as I deployed another site, it would have the same issues.
With a bit more troubleshooting, I realized that there was a missing component required for IIS and that was the “ASP.NET” in the Web server role services.
This was not included in this document: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc731760.aspx
I asked a Microsoft engineer as to why this was not included in the document and he pointed me to this link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263408.aspx I wasn’t able to find a list of components required either so I ended up documenting the information in the following table so I have a reference list of what is required to be installed in case I need it in the future.
Web Server (IIS)
· Common HTTP Features
· Static Content
· Default Document
· Directory Browsing
· HTTP Errors
· Application Development
· .NET Extensibility
· ISAPI Extensions
· ISAPI Filters
· Health and Diagnostics
· HTTP Logging
· Logging Tools
· Request Monitor
· Basic Authentication
· Windows Authentication
· Request Filtering
· Static Content Compressions
· Management Tools
· IIS Management Console
· IIS 6 Management Compatibility
· IIS 6 Metabase Compatibility
Microsoft .Net Framework 3.0 Features
· .NET Framework 3.0
· XPS Viewer
Remote Server Administration Tools
· Role Administration Tools
· Web Server (IIS) Tools
Windows Process Activation Service
· Process Model
· .NET Environment