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Cannot get Alternate Access Mappings to work on non 80 port

Last Modified: 2012-08-14

I am having a problem where I have set up a new webapp and site collection for an external internet site on MOSS2007. I want our internet url address to not show the port number (which is 81 in this example) When I enter the url (e.g. http://internet.contoso.com) I get a page 404 error, but if I enter in http://internet.contoso.com:81 then the page loads correctly. I have added the DNS entry 'internet' as an A record to the WFE server ipaddress as well as added http://internet.contoso.com to the alternate access mappings 'internet' zone(minus the port number) and set 'internet' as the host header when I created the applicaton through central admin but still having no luck. Can this only be done by extending from application port 80 as I don't want to use port 80 for our internet site? Please help
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