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I'm running a Windows 2008 R2 server with IIS and FTP 7.5.  I want to use ASP.NET membership authentication to authenticate FTP users.

Followed this article for configuration: http://learn.iis.net/page.aspx/389/configuring-ftp-with-net-membership-authentication/  I'm using a SQL authentication connection string since connecting from a DMZ web server through firewall to SQL server.  Using FTP 7.5 (64-bit site) with SQL 2008 as backend.  The ASPNETDB database is configured and IIS Manager can add and remove .NET users and roles to it without issue.  The issue comes when trying to initiate an FTP connection.  In IIS, the user has been granted privileges to the FTP site (Authorization Rule), Forms authentication is enabled, and FTP Authentication has been configured (all per the article), however, when a FTP connection is attempted, the FTP client returns error "530 User cannot log in" after the USER and PASS commands.  It shows the same in the FTP server logs:

2010-09-21 18:31:04 172.16.1.1 - 192.168.3.1 21 USER ftpuser 331 0 0 a851d7ec-e431-4295-9b23-031b03699371 -
2010-09-21 18:31:04 172.16.1.1 - 192.168.3.1 21 PASS *** 530 2148734217 41 a851d7ec-e431-4295-9b23-031b03699371 -
2010-09-21 18:31:04 172.16.1.1 - 192.168.3.1 21 ControlChannelClosed - - 0 0 a851d7ec-e431-4295-9b23-031b03699371 -

The login attempts are not iterating in the ASPNETDB table.  In fact, the application pool is not attempting to contact the membership database in SQL.  I confirmed this with SQL Profiler and Wireshark.  I expect the asp.net membership to authenticate the user by talking to the SQL server, but that's not happening.  Windows authentication is not an option due to the firewalled environment.  I've searched many articles, but I've not found a solution.  Nothing in event viewer.  I tried using ProcMon to see if any file or folder access problems....don't see any.  I also confirmed that I could authenticate via an aspx login page using the same user and password with forms authentication, which succeeded..  So, it's only the FTP part that won't authenticate through asp.net membership.  Here's the configuration section from the web.config (connection string excluded):

<membership defaultProvider="FtpSqlMembershipProvider">
         <providers>
            <add name="FtpSqlMembershipProvider"
               type="System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider,System.Web,Version=2.0.0.0,Culture=neutral,PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a"
               connectionStringName="FtpMAG1603SQLServer"
               enablePasswordRetrieval="false"
               enablePasswordReset="true"
               requiresQuestionAndAnswer="false"
               applicationName="/"
               requiresUniqueEmail="false"
               passwordFormat="Hashed"
        minRequiredPasswordLength="7"
               minRequiredNonalphanumericCharacters="1"
  maxInvalidPasswordAttempts="50"
        passwordAttemptWindow="10" />
         </providers>
      </membership>


      <roleManager defaultProvider="FtpSqlRoleProvider" enabled="true">
         <providers>
            <add name="FtpSqlRoleProvider"
               type="System.Web.Security.SqlRoleProvider,System.Web,Version=2.0.0.0,Culture=neutral,PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a"
               connectionStringName="FtpMAG1603SQLServer"
               applicationName="/" />
         </providers>
      </roleManager>


FTP authentication has the Custom provider "AspNetAuth" enabled per the configuration article mentioned in the beginning of the post.  It seems there may be a missing connection between this provider and the custom providers configured above.  The article I followed assumes the SQL database is on the local host and it's using Windows Authentication, but I'm doing just the opposite...remote SQL with SQL authentication.  There's a section of the article that talks about giving the Application Pool identity permission to SQL, but I obviously can't do that in a DMZ/firewalled environment.  Also, Network Service is no longer used in Windows Server 2008 R2.  

 I verified the firewall wasn't causing the issue by disabling it.  Please give any insight possible.  Thanks.
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