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 PowerShell MVP who has worked in IT for nearly 20 years, and currently serves as a Sr. Database Engineer in Belgium. Always an avid scripter, she attended the Monad session at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference in Los Angeles back in 2005 and has worked and played with PowerShell ever since. Chrissy is currently pursuing an MS in Systems Engineering at Regis University and helps maintain RealCajunRecipes.com in her spare time. She holds a number of certifications, including those relating to SQL Server, SuSE Linux, SharePoint and network security. She recently became co-lead of the SQL PASS PowerShell Virtual Chapter. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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