I'm working with a hosting company. I need them to setup a 301 redirect for one of my pages. I really care about the ranking on the search engines for this particular page.
They claim that in order to do a 301 redirect, they will delete the page on their server which will trigger a 404 and they will respond with a 301 to the new address.
It is my understanding that you cannot do a 404 and a 301, but I'm just a programmer.
I'm not sure if they're using IIS. All I know is they specialize in ColdFusion hosting.