You get HTTP Error 401.2 - Unauthorized when you browse RWA on Windows Small Business Server

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On Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard/Essentials, you may get the following error when you browse Remote Web Access (RWA) web site.

HTTP Error 401.2 - Unauthorized
You are not authorized to view this page due to invalid authentication headers.

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This issue can occur if Anonymous Authentication has been disabled on Remote application in IIS.


To resolve this issue, follow these steps:
  1. Open IIS Manager.
  2. Navigate to Server Name -> Sites -> Default Web Site -> Remote.
  3. Select Remote and then double-click Authentication from Features View pane.
  4. Select Anonymous Authentication and click Enable from Actions pane.
  5. Run IISRESET /noforce.

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Note: The same steps are applicable if you face this issue on Small Business Server 2008 Standard with Remote Web Workplace (RWW).
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Article ID: 2698017 - Last Review: January 2, 2013 - Revision: 3.0
Applies to
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

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