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HTTPS/SSL Redirect Error for Exchange and IIS

After installing a new Exchange 2013 server I was experiencing some issues after installing a new SSL Certificate and trying to make http:// auto redirect to https://

Depending upon the issue you are having this could solve both in 1 shot.


You receive an Error like:

Server Error:
403 – Forbidden: Access is denied. You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied.

The Solution:

1. Within IIS > Default Site > SSL Settings

2. Change this:


3. To This:


4. Click “Apply” on the right hand side, you make need to restart iis server by issuing the following command into the command line


5. After a few minutes the IIS service will stop than restart itself.

6. Simple create a blank html document and place the following code in it.  Then put this file into root IIS INETPUB directory.

a. My IIS root directory is located here: “C:inetpubwwwroot” and the file I created is “C:inetpubwwwrootiisstart.htm” (this file may already exist you just need to change the contents of the file.

<meta http-equiv="REFRESH" content="0; URL=https://subdomain.domain.com/">


Great your done! Your site should automatically redirect to HTTPS instead of just presenting an error.