Server MapPath with direct address

   Having a problem connecting to an access database on a second server with that server's direct address.

Set objDC = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
objDC.Open "DBQ=" & Server.MapPath("\\Server2\ServerDBs\TestDB.mdb") & _
 ";Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)}"
           
 
    The ASP program is running on Server1 and gives the following error

Server.MapPath() error 'ASP 0174 : 80004005'
Invalid Path Character(s)
An invalid '/' or '\' was found in the Path parameter for the MapPath method.

    How can I connect to \\Server2's database.


 
JerryPopeAsked:
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dgorinConnect With a Mentor Commented:
First, MapPath converts a url to a physical path.  You are already dealing with a physical path, just on a different computer.

There are many pitfalls with connecting to an access db on a separate machine, mostly permission related.  Your web server usually runs in a local user account on the server, so you need to create an identical user on the 2nd computer with the database and give it appropriate permissions.  You can find more on this subject on the Microsoft website.
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fritz_the_blankCommented:
The easiest way to do this is to map the drive containing the database to the server hosting the site. That way, you avoid a whole series of complications with paths and permissions.

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jerry2yuCommented:
Hi JerryPope,

Try to replace \ with \\

That will be

Set objDC = Server.CreateObject("ADODB.Connection")
objDC.Open "DBQ=" & Server.MapPath("\\\\Server2\\ServerDBs\\TestDB.mdb") & _
";Driver={Microsoft Access Driver (*.mdb)}"
           

   
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fritz_the_blankCommented:
I could be wrong, but I am reasonably sure that Jerry2U's solution won't work because of permsissions issues. In order for the connection to function, the IUSR and IWAM accounts of the machine hosting the site should have Read/Write priviledges to the directory holding the database. If you map the drive, that will be easy enough. If you follow Jerry2U's approach, you will need to duplicate the IUSR and IWAM accounts with the proper machine name and etc. on the second server. While this is possible, it is not for the faint of heart.

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mgfranzCommented:
In order to connect a IUSER_ to a remote server, the account needs to be duplicated on the remote server, read here for all the details;

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q184566
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fritz_the_blankCommented:
Marki,

What's your take on mapping the drive versus duplicating the IUSR account?

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mgfranzCommented:
Even if you map the drive, the remote server will not recognize the IUSER_ account, something to do with ACL's or something...
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dgorinCommented:
All of which is what I said.


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JerryPopeAuthor Commented:
Hello dgorin

    Your statement about MapPath converts to a physical path lead me to the below solution.

objDC.Open "DBQ=\\Server2\ServerDBs\TestDB.mdb;"

   Thank you,
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