"403 - Forbidden: Access is denied" Error on Windows Server 2003

Discussion in 'Windows Update' started by Ron Sochanski, Sep 25, 2009.

  1. A machine running Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition SP2 recently began
    yielding the error "403 - Forbidden: Access is denied." whenever Microsoft
    Update is browsed on the machine. This occurred after a recent Microsoft
    Update was attempted on the machine. The machine's host file and proxy
    settings have not been modified in any way and are the same as before the
    error was encountered. Other machines on the same network that also run
    versions of Windows Server 2003 have not experienced the error. The error
    occurrence is seemingly out of the blue and totally unexpected. Microsoft
    Update cannot be browsed at this time on the machine. Any advice concerning
    how to rectify this problem would be greatly appreciated.
     
    Ron Sochanski, Sep 25, 2009
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  2. Ron Sochanski

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    Ron,

    How to read the Windowsupdate.log file
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/902093

    The most recent entries are at the *bottom* of the log. What your
    looking for are FATAL and/or WARNING entries that contain error codes.

    QEDs:
    1) Does the system update automatically ?
    2) Which version of Internet Explorer ?

    You could try manually installing the latest release of the Windows
    Update Agent to see if that resolves the issue:
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949104

    Download and *save* the WUA. If possible, save or move the download so
    it's *not* on the root drive.

    Close all open programs or browsers.
    Stop the Automatic Updates service and, if the BITS service has started,
    stop that, too.
    Then run the .exe and reboot the system.

    MowGreen
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    MowGreen, Sep 25, 2009
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  3. I got this error on an XP Laptop and solved it by downloading and running ?windowsupdateagent30-x86.exe? from http://support.microsoft.com/kb/949104.



    Ron Sochanski wrote:

    "403 - Forbidden: Access is denied" Error on Windows Server 2003
    25-Sep-09

    A machine running Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition SP2 recently began
    yielding the error "403 - Forbidden: Access is denied." whenever Microsoft
    Update is browsed on the machine. This occurred after a recent Microsoft
    Update was attempted on the machine. The machine's host file and proxy
    settings have not been modified in any way and are the same as before the
    error was encountered. Other machines on the same network that also run
    versions of Windows Server 2003 have not experienced the error. The error
    occurrence is seemingly out of the blue and totally unexpected. Microsoft
    Update cannot be browsed at this time on the machine. Any advice concerning
    how to rectify this problem would be greatly appreciated.

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    Michael Witchalls, Oct 5, 2009
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  4. Ron Sochanski

    techmi27

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    I know this is an old thread but I wanted to chime in because the solution here did not help me.


    I had this error on SBS 2003. When installing the Windows Update 3.0 Client it would fail with install failed 0x80070020 error. This is also the error code I would receive at the Windows Updates site when trying to scan for updates. Examining the WindowsUpdate.log file in C:\WINDOWS showed this recent error- Error 0x80070020 preparing file C:\WINDOWS\system32\wups2.dll



    I renamed C:\Windows\System32\wups2.dll to wups2.dll.old then copied wups2.dll from a different 2003 server to C:\Windows\System32 and went back to Windows Update site and everything was working.



    I hope this can be of use to someone in the future!



    Mike
     
    techmi27, Aug 26, 2011
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