Thursday, March 6, 2014
Health check page throwing 404 - File or directory not found - NLB configuration
Today I was working on configuring the load balancer for our web front ends. Let me give you some details on this before I start explaining the issue – NLB configuration can be done in as follows:
1. Health check file (Recommended one) – running IIS required.
2. TCP port based health check
I was using the recommended way i.e. first one (health check file). We have 5 web front ends, while doing the configuration; you need to place this file on all the 5 web front ends. Why? – Good question! – If one server goes down requests will automatically get routed to the available server.
Once you have placed http://126.96.36.199/healthcheck.txt then you need to browse that file in browser, just to make sure that you are getting the reply like this –
Proper output should be there, if not then there is something wrong in configuration. I faced the same problem as I was getting the reply from one server only and remaining servers were throwing the following error message:
404 - File or directory not found.
HTTP Error 404.0 - Not Found the resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable
If the one server is giving me a proper output then the question is why the other servers are not working! There should be some problem in configuration, let me clear – not from the NLB side but from the IIS side.
I checked the IIS of the server where it was working and compare it with the remaining ones but didn’t find any differences.
So I tried browsing host site which is by default there in IIS – You should get IIS construction . I tried browsing this IIS default website from the servers where I am not getting the output and result was same i.e. default website giving me “webpage cannot be found”
Why the default websites giving me error message? – The reason is so simple as they are in stopped status J
The server where it’s working, I checked the status of the default websites and it was in started mode. So the bottom line is - Sometimes solutions are simple but took some time to figure it out.
Resolution for this issue:
If you are working on NLB configuration with respect to health check page then make sure the default web site in started status.
If you have any queries/questions regarding the above mentioned information then please let me know. I would be more than happy to help you as well as resolves your issues, Thank you.
If you find a different solution, please report it as a comment to this post. Be sure to double-verify it: undo your solution and verify that the problem comes back, then redo it and verify that the problem goes away.
Product applies to:
1. SharePoint Server 2010
2. SharePoint Foundation 2010
3. SharePoint Server 2013
4. SharePoint Foundation 2013
5. SharePoint Server 2007
Labels: 404 - File or directory not found, Found The resource you are looking for has been removed, had its name changed or is temporarily unavailable, HResult: 0x80070002, The specified module could not be found
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