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on win o/s, i sometimes want to block all users from accessing my server, just temporarily, while still being able to give some people access.

to do this i edit httpd.conf:

Leave this as:

<Directory />
Options FollowSymLinks
AllowOverride None
Order allow,deny
Allow from all
</Directory>

But change this to

#
# Possible values for the Options directive are “None”, “All”,
# or any combination of:
# Indexes Includes FollowSymLinks SymLinksifOwnerMatch ExecCGI MultiViews
#
# Note that “MultiViews” must be named *explicitly* — “Options All”
# doesn’t give it to you.
#
# The Options directive is both complicated and important. Please see
# http://httpd.apache.org/docs/2.2/mod/core.html#options
# for more information.
#
Options Indexes FollowSymLinks

#
# AllowOverride controls what directives may be placed in .htaccess files.
# It can be “All”, “None”, or any combination of the keywords:
# Options FileInfo AuthConfig Limit
#
AllowOverride None

#
# Controls who can get stuff from this server.
#
AuthType Basic
AuthName “FORBIDDEN AREA”
AuthUserfile “C:/pass.txt”
Require valid-user

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