OWA: Expired Password Causes Execute Access Forbidden

Recently, a user trying to login to OWA encountered the following error:

HTTP 403.1 Forbidden: Execute Access Forbidden
You have attempted to execute a CGI, ISAPI, or other executable program from a directory that does not allow programs to be executed.

Another network administrator noticed that the URL was strange too. The user had been directed to:

https://owa.mydomain.com /iisadmpwd/aexp.htr?https:// owa.mydomain.com/exchange/USA/

A quick Googling showed mentions of an expired password but the user was able to login to the domain so we were a bit baffled. As it turns out, we’re in the middle of a migration and the user’s account on the old domain which still hosts OWA/Exchange was expired but his password on the new domain account was still valid. The user was also not prompted to change his password in OWA because we did not enable that feature. So if you run into something similar, ensure that the user’s account does not have “User Must Change Password At Next Logon” checked.

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, holds a master's degree in Systems Engineering and is coauthor of Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches. Chrissy is certified in SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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