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I've just run into a rather odd, (what seems to be) environmental issue where CMS previews don't seem to be working. On my UAT environment (which also happens to be running a whole bunch of other Umbraco 4/6 websites without any issues), my previews from my Umbraco 7.2.2 website is not working. Instead, I get a 403 from the server with a You do not have permission to view this directory or page message.
This website is running with no issues with preview on test and dev environments so it's clearly an environmental issue rather than a code issue. Also note that everything else on the UAT environment is working i.e. website, backoffice, etc - it's only preview that appears to be broken currently.
Any ideas as to where I should look?
I've poked around to try and figure this out and have worked out that my application doesn't have access to the preview folder (which by default - which it is - would be created at App_Data/). This is super confusing because the application is able to read/write to umbraco.config and access.config without any issues.
Would there be anything special about preview that would require something additional to the process that reads/writes to umbraco.config and access.config?
If it makes any difference, my App_Data is set up as a virtual directory in IIS as I use Octopus Deploy for deployment.
Did you get any further with this issue? I would love to hear about it if you did.
No, unfortunately I've never been able to figure this one out. The workaround that has been employed is simply to move the website to a different web server which we happen to have access to. The two are set up slightly differently (because they were set up by different people at different times, etc) but we just could not work out what the differences in file permissions, etc are.
You may want to check that you have default documents set for the web site under IIS.
In my instance, I had removed all documents, but the preview mode links to a directory with a query string. Because my directory browsing was disabled and I had no default document, I was receiving a 403 error. Adding index.html, index.htm as default documents resolved the problem.
adding index.htm and index.html as default docs worked for me too.
That's been bugging me for ages. Cheers.
Thanks for the solution, adding index.html and index.htm to the default documents under IIS fixed it for me too!
Thanks. Preview stopped working for me too. I'd disabled default documents in a Windows Azure application except for app_offline.html (maintenance page). Adding index.html and index.htm back and Preview worked again.
I'm not sure why this works (matters). If someone could explain I'd appreciate it.
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