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How to access files on another server using the IUSR account from IIS?

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ASPMicrosoft IIS Web ServerWindows Server 2003
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I have two computers with Windows Server 2003 installed.  One of the servers is just setup as a file server and the other server is a web server with IIS 6.0 installed on it, running an asp website that needs to get 2 files from the other server.  I have a third computer with Windows XP installed on it.  The XP machine used to act as a file server.

When the database and the other file (ini file) were located on the XP machine I could connect to site and login without a problem.  All I did was move the data and ini file to the new server (the file server) and now when I try the web page it says that it is already open exclusive or I do not have permissions.  However that is only when it tries to open the database, when it tries to open the ini file to read some setting it just returns EMPTY (the default) for everything.  

I have gone through everything I could think of to allow premissions for the IUSR_Machine account to have full access to the folder where those two files are located.  I have set every premissions I can think of but nothing has worked.  This includes adding the IUSR account on the file server and giving that admin rights.

I have not used FileMon (though I have seen it recommended) because I do not know how to use it.  I am going to look into this but not sure how far I will get with it.  

What permissions or anything else can I look into / add that will allow the IUSR account created by IIS to access files on the other server?  Also, if I move the files to the web server I can access both of them through the web site.  The only problem I have is putting the files on the computer where they need to be located.


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