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IIS 301 redirects with a non-existing file

Posted on 2006-06-19
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It seems that its possible to do a 301 redirect in apache even if the file no longer exists.  Is this possible to do this in IIS?  I currently have blank html files that are redirecting to valid URLs and I want to get rid of the blank pages completely.

Thanks,
-Nathan
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If you want to use the GUI to add the redirectl then you will need some file in there to give you something to right click on.  Once the redirect is created, you should be able to delete the physical file.

else, add the 301 directly to the metabase.xml:

<IIsWebFile     Location ="/LM/W3SVC/xxxxxx/ROOT/path/path/oldfile.html"
     >
     <Custom
          Name="HttpRedirect"
          ID="6011"
          Value="http://www.mydomain.com/path/path/newfile.html, EXACT_DESTINATION"
          Type="STRING"
          UserType="IIS_MD_UT_FILE"
          Attributes="NO_ATTRIBUTES"
     />
</IIsWebFile>

replace 'xxxxxx' with the websiteID (look at the 'identifier' column in the list of web sites) and the path to the file after /ROOT/

paste one of those in there for each redirect, and save it off.  all done.

Cheers.
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by:neight108
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thanks, I will give this a try.
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by:neight108
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it worked great, thanks
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