SharePoint URL Redirector

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Reviewed:  4 reviews
Downloads: 3774
Released: May 31, 2009
Updated: Sep 25, 2009 by jbarron
Dev status: Stable Help Icon

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Release Notes

Updates

  • 6/26/2009: Added documentation on how to implement vanity URLs to the 'Downloads & Files'. Related blog post.

Overview

URL redirection solution for SharePoint. Allows you to redirect URL requests within your SharePoint environment by defining rules that translates incoming URL requests.

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Features

  • Regular Expression based rules - Permits massive flexibility in redirecting content requests. Entire sites of content to be redirected to other locations in a single rule. Not just single pages.
  • Test Driven Design - Built-in testing interface simplifies the design and upkeep of redirection rules. Immediately see conflicting rules or URLs that are no longer valid.
  • Centralized Rule Management - UI for maintaining rules is integrated into SharePoint Central Administration.
  • Immediate Redirection - Redirection is immediate. Users typically don't even notice that they've been redirected from their original URL. No annoying "You'll be redirected in 5 seconds" pages.
  • Scalable - Has been tested with hundreds of redirection rules utilized with no perceived difference in page load times.
  • Ability to copy rules - Rules can easily be copied to other SharePoint web applications.
  • Chainable - Complex redirection can be performed by chaining multiple rules.

Uses

  • Simplify SharePoint Upgrades - Upgrades from SharePoint 2003 to 2007 typically include a desire to re-organize content. However, companies worry about losing browser favorites and links in existing content. With proper analysis, 100% of the URLs can be redirected using the SharePoint URL Redirector.
  • Manage SharePoint Site Moves - If you ever have to relocate a site to a new site collection because it's gotten too large and needs its own content databases, the SharePoint URL Redirector will allow you to map the old URLs for the site to the new URLs. No need to have to explain to users why you moved their site and broke their IE favorites.
  • Fill in holes in the URL scheme of your site - For example, if all of your sites are located under http://company.com/sites/* (a wildcard managed path), then there is no page directly under http://company/sites. Redirect that URL to a site directory or home page for a better overall experience for users of your environment.
  • Vanity URLs - For example, configured properly, you could setup a vanity URL at http://finance.company.com that redirects the user to the real site at http://depts.company.com/sites/finance. NOTE: Advanced usage. IIS must be setup with a virtual directory that accepts requests for http://finance.company.com that is also configured with the SharePoint URL Redirector HTTPModule in order to handle the redirection.

Release Notes / Known Issues

  • This release requires all users to have read access to the _app_bin directory under the site's virtual directory (ie: C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\wss\VirtualDirectories\<VirtualDirName>\_app_bin). Further, the app pool account for the Web Application needs to have read/write permissions to this same directory.
  • Redirecting requests from Microsoft Office or other custom applications has not been fully tested. Early tests of redirecting MS Access tables that maintained live links to SharePoint lists did not handle the redirection properly.
  • If you extend a Web Application into another zone, the redirection rules will not be copied to the extended zones. The rules will only apply to the Default zone. This will be corrected in a future release.

Additional details can be found on the RDA Collaboration Evangelist Team Blog: http://rdacollab.blogspot.com/2009/06/sharepoint-url-redirector-available-for.html

Reviews for this release

     
I have used this tool with SharePoint 2010 and it works like charm. Great UI and does its job pretty effectively. Good job jbarron. Mohid
by MohidF on Sep 24, 2010 at 8:26 PM
     
Works great for unextended web applicatons. Looking forward to the next release, as most of our production system used extended web apps for the migration from Sharepoint 2003.
by dunxd on Aug 12, 2010 at 8:15 AM
     
Great solution. Must have when you re-organize the company.
by ehalsey on Feb 22, 2010 at 1:33 PM
     
Once I figured out the Regular Expressions this solution worked like a champ. Thank you!
by jeffholliday on Jun 24, 2009 at 10:23 PM