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MS Internet Information Server user login problem

Discussion in 'Web Design & Development' started by GS3, Mar 31, 2008.

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  1. GS3

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    I am totally new to web servers and decided to give MS Internet Information Server 5.1 a try since it is included with Win XP PRO. So, I am trying to set up MS Internet Information Server for HTML but when I try to access the server from a client machine I get an error that either I do not have permission to access or I am asked for user name and password which I have no idea.

    I go to the Default Website Properties, Directory Security, Anonymous Access, Edit and check "Anonymous Access" which I would think would be enough to serve pages without further questions but there is still a User Name, prefilled in as "IUSR_AAA" and a Password filled in with dots which I have no idea what password they represent. There is also a check box "Allow IIS to control passwordI have no idea how I should configure all this. I have tried several combinations and nothing works. Can someone explain this to me? How should this be configured to serve pages openly or to require a log in?

    In the event log I see "The server was unable to logon the Windows NT account 'IUSR_AAA' due to the following error: Logon failure: unknown user name or bad password. The data is the error code. "

    It seems the issue is rather complex

    I am just trying to learn the basics but this may be more complex than I am willing to deal with. In any case, if I ever wanted to have my own server I would probably host it on its own dedicated machine so that I did not have to worry about other stuff on the machine.
     
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    Can you access it on the computer that IIS is set up on?
     
  3. GS3

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    I was using a different machine because I wanted to be sure that it was really working and I was not fooling myself thinking they were wroking when in reality they might not. I have since experimented and found that using http://localhost/ in the same machine yields the same results.

    I have to admit I do not understand well how the entire authentication process works and it seems more complex than it is worth.

    Those articles recommend upgrading to IIS 6 which only runs on Windows Server and not on XP. Since I am only playing around for the sake of learning I think that if I were ever to set up a real server open to the WWW then I would host it in its own machine so that there was no other important information there which could be compromised.

    I still do not understand the authentication process or what the "let IIS manage the password" does.
     
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