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I have a company that has a custom database program accessable by browser on their LAN.  It automatically created a virtual directory which is accessable on the network, and all machines access it by IE.  Is it wise to have them ALWAYS authenticate first by their windows passwords, then type in a 2nd login to this jobtracker program?  Or let maybe Outlook Web Access, and JobTracker have anonymous web access and use their own credentials first.

At first whoever set this up for them had ALL sites from default site down restricted by IP to the internal LAN range, and nothing worked from outside the network.   So I changed that at Default site (but did not propogate it to anything in sub folders) and sure enough I could access both the default site and the /jobtracker/ subfolder from outside on the net.

  Not sure on the "best practice" here as I rarely do IIS stuff, so any advice is appreciated.  How should I restrict IPs?  How should authentication be handled?  

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The Best Practice on an SBS is to run the Configure Email and Internet Connection Wizard (CEICW -- linked as Connect to the Internet in the Server Management Console) and let that wizard handle modifying the permissions on the IIS virtual directories.

When the JobTracker site was created, it should probably have not been created under the default site.  It would have been better to create a new site and give it a host header, the same way that Companyweb is configured.

But in either case, there should be no reason that a user should have to type their windows password when the site opens if they are already authenticated on the LAN.  While the IIS Directory Security should be set to Integrated Windows Authentication, if it's requesting their password again, then their settings aren't right in IE under Tools > Internet Options > Security > User Authentication.

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