Wordpress & SBS 2011/IIS 7.5 - web.config file in wwwroot causing OWA and RWW to crash - 403.18 Forbidden

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  • I have installed Wordpress on a new SBS 2011 Standard server, by using the WPI.

    The default installation location is in a subfolder of wwwroot, called wordpress.

    In order to have my WP site be the default site called, I made the change to the index.php file and copied it to wwwroot:


    When browsing the WP site, the URL would read,, as per my permalink setting.

    To remove the /wordpress/ in my URL's, I added this rewite rule I found on the web, to web.config and placed it in the wwwroot folder:

    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <rule name="Main Rule" stopProcessing="true">
    <match url=".*" />
    <conditions logicalGrouping="MatchAll">
    <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsFile" negate="true" />
    <add input="{REQUEST_FILENAME}" matchType="IsDirectory" negate="true" />
    <action type="Rewrite" url="index.php" />

    This effectively removes /wordpress/ from my URL's, and my site correctly displays; the desired effect.

    Unfortunately, this rewrite rule (web.config file) also causes my OWA and RWW to crash and return a 403.18 Forbidden error.

    If I remove this web.config file from wwwroot, OWA and RWW work perfectly.

    I am using a GoDaddy UCC SSL cert, if that makes any difference.

    My question is, how can I allow this rewrite rule to coexist with OWA and RWW?

    Thank you.

    Friday, September 20, 2013 1:23 AM

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