Internet Service Manager Does Not Allow Wildcard Redirections

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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 asemicolon (*;) as described in the Help file, you will receive thefollowing 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 theMicrosoft Knowledge Base:
152734 How to Obtain the Latest WindowsNT 4.0 Service Pack

Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in Internet InformationServer 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.
More information
Redirect variables are used to pass portions of the original URL with thedestination URL. Redirect wildcards are used to match any number ofcharacters in the original URL.

Article ID: 193528 - Last Review: 10/26/2013 03:58:00 - Revision: 5.0

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