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I have one server, and two sitets -- let's say A and B.

The problem (for me) is when I shut down B site, when I try to browse:

instead of displaying an error, IIS redirects me (silently) to A, so in effect I get the addres:

So how to block this redirection (and display an error)?

IIS 7.

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Your site bindings for are most likely general enough that they catche too. i.e. it's a binding by IP address, which is the same for both sites.

Matt's suggestion will work, to create a custom handler on You can also leave your site up, with the binding for, and point all traffic to an error page.

Or, you can update your DNS record for to point to another server or location entirely.

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Thank you, the IP is indeed the same. I cannot assume B is always on (because from time to time I turn it off) and I cannot change the DNS, because site B has to stay where it is now. So, from what I see I need to create another default site which purpose will be displaying error pages -- it would serve as fallback for shutting down A or B. –  greenoldman Sep 15 '10 at 7:47
Yes, that will work. The trick will be to make it so that you can't forget to turn the fallback site on. You mention that you're using IIS 7. Have you considered URL Rewrite? With URL Rewrite, you could add a rule to the site to listen for all traffic where {HTTP_HOST} = and throw a custom error page. Then when is turned off, the URL Rewrite rule will kick in. That's similar to Matt's suggestion, so it's a matter of which method you prefer of catching and redirecting your site. –  Scott Forsyth - MVP Sep 15 '10 at 13:28

On your default site,

create a script that shows the error that you want. I had to do the same thing a while ago, because all .domain.tld sites were really just a virtual directory.

 $f = $_SERVER['server_name'];
 header("Location: http://offline.domain.tld/?q=".$f);
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Btw. inn my case each site has its own directory. So I should create additionaly another site (the default one) which purpose is just to show an error, right? If any of the sites, A or B, are down, the redirection will go to the default one. Did I understand you correctly? –  greenoldman Sep 14 '10 at 11:58

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