"Directory Listing Denied" When Browsing a Web Site

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When attempting to browse a Web site, you may receive the following error message:
Directory Listing Denied


This problem can be caused by either of the following:
  • The Web site's home directory does not contain a default document file, such as Default.htm or Default.asp.
  • The Default Document option is not selected.


To work around this problem, perform the following steps:
  1. In the Internet Service Manager (ISM), right-click the Web site, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu.
  2. Click the Documents tab.
  3. Verify that your default file is in the list of default documents, and that the Enable Default Document check box is selected.

(c) Microsoft Corporation 2000, All Rights Reserved. Contributions by Kevin Zollman, Microsoft Corporation.


Article ID: 185380 - Last Review: June 23, 2005 - Revision: 5.2
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