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I am running IIS on Win2003.  I have a URL that I wish to redirect to an offsite (3rd party) web page.
In Home Directory(TAB), I have selected 'A redirection to a URL'
'Redirect to' I have pasted in the working URL from the 3rd party page
I have checked the boxes 'The exact URL entered above' and 'A permanent redirection for this resource'

This does not re-direct.  Is there a different place to re-direct to a specific page?
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by:humeniuk
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It should work as you have outlined.  Did you include the http:// in the URL?  If yes, what happens when you go to the redirect page/site?
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by:joekus
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I have included the https://  (note the secure address)
If I explicitely type the address in a browser, with or without the 's' it displays the correct page.
Neither(http:// or https://) work in IIS

Should IIS be able to redirect to a 3rd party URL?
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by:humeniuk
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Yes, IIS should be able to redirect to either/both of https & a third party URL.

Basically, when the browser requests http://www.domain.com, the server says, 'you want https://www.redirect.com' and the browser makes a new request for the redirect.com URL, which shouldn't involve your server at all if it's a third party site.

So, what happens when you go to www.domain.com?  I doesn't redirect, but what does it do?
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by:joekus
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I have about 20 other domain names that are all redirected to http://defaultdomain.com

When putting into browser
http://www.domain.com 
hoping to get
https://www.redirect.com
instead I get
http://defaultdomain.com
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by:joekus
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Actually it's https://www.redirect.com/home.aspx

Might that be a factor?
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humeniuk earned 1500 total points
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Aha, that makes things a bit clearer.  Are you testing these locally (ie. on the server or a networked computer) and/or from the web?

The syntax of the redirect.com destination shouldn't matter.  I'm getting the impression that traffic intended for www.domain.com isn't getting to the server redirect at all.

Do each of these domains have their own IP's or are you using host headers?  If host headers, what are you using for DNS (locally and publicly)?  How are these 20 other domains redirected to http://defaultdomain.com - by this sort of redirection or via DNS (ie. cname record)?
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by:joekus
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testing done locally on networked computer
friend tested externally had same result

all domains directed to same IP; host header to domain.com and www.domain.com

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by:joekus
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Just for kicks, tried deleting and re-inputting the web page

Now it works as expected.  Thanks for the input
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Interesting.  Glad to hear everything is functional again.
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