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We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 6.0 running on Microsoft Windows Server 2003. IIS 6.0 significantly increases Web infrastructure security. For more information about IIS security-related topics, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
When you use a redirect wildcard that begins with an asterisk and a semicolon (*;) as described in the Help file, you will receive the following error message:
The path is not a valid URL.
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows NT 4.0 or Windows NT Server 4.0,Terminal Server Edition. For additional information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/152734/EN-US/ )How to Obtain the Latest WindowsNT 4.0 Service Pack
Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Internet Information Server version 4.0. This problem was first corrected in Windows NT 4.0 Service Pack 4.0 and WindowsNT Server 4.0, Terminal Server Edition Service Pack 4.
Redirect variables are used to pass portions of the original URL with the destination URL. Redirect wildcards are used to match any number of characters in the original URL.