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Using Windows 2000 Dedicated Server

Need help with .htaccess



1:51 am on Mar 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I posted a message earlier on the "New to Being A Webmaster and Don't Know The First Thing About It So Please Don't Be Technical With Me" forum...and they suggested I ask you folks so here's my question (and please remember which forum I came from!)

My site is on a Windows 2000 dedicated server and, having recently been able to get my access logs, I have seen a lot of 404 errors (5,295 since February 1 - just looking at raw numbers, my boss didn't like that!). I totally renovated my client's site last August - same domain name, totally new content.

My two major culprits (is that a good word?) that are looking for pages that have been gone since August 2002 are:
GET /c20.htm - 404 Mozilla/5.0+(Slurp/cat;+slurp@inktomi.com;+http://www.inktomi.com/slurp.html)
s5.htm - 404 Mozilla/2.0+(compatible;+Ask+Jeeves/Teoma)

I've been advised that I need to do a 301 redirect (for stupid .bots) via an .htaccess file. Do I have one with W2K and, if I do, where would I begin to look for it? I have very limited administrator rights, so even a vague direction about where to go with this would be appreciated. Or if there is another solution for Windows, I'd appreciate some insight into that also.

Many thanks!


3:43 am on Mar 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member txbakers is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

AFAIK you can't use .htaccess with Windows IIS web server. That is purely a unix/Linus thing.

I run W2K with IIS and can't run it here (unless I just haven't figured it out....) The same type of functionality can be found in the Internet Services Manager plug in on the properties of the site.

If you can't get to those, you might have to beg your host provider to do it for you.

Someone else should know more about it, though there are only a few Windows hosters here.


4:16 am on Mar 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I was afraid you were going to say I'd have to beg my web host (it's not them, it's the adminstrator for the dedicated server that I have to beg - big bucks and not much knowledge but that's what I have to deal with).

So, might there be a forum for us Windows hosted hostages here, or are we pretty much on our own?

Many thanks - every message is another kernel32 of knowledge.

Best regards,


4:23 am on Mar 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

WebmasterWorld Senior Member woz is a WebmasterWorld Top Contributor of All Time 10+ Year Member

kicsibaba, you would need to put together a 404 redirect page to send the necessary messages to the bots. Our .ASP/.NET forum moderator has put one together here [xoc.net] that should get you started. It is based on XML but could also be modified to work with a database.



12:40 pm on Mar 17, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thank you!

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