How to Create Virtual Directories to a Remote Novell NetWare Share

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This article describes how to create a virtual directory in Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0 to connect to a Novell NetWare share.

To gain access to the NetWare File System, IIS must pass credentials with the appropriate permissions for the databases that you are attempting to access. By default, IIS attempts to pass credentials for the IUSR_MachineName account.

NOTE: The IUSR_MachineName account appears as though it is being used by IIS 5.0 Web sites that are running out of process. However, the IWAM_Machine Name account impersonates the IUSR_MachineName account. Therefore, the IUSR account is the only account discussed in the following resolution.

NetWare uses the NetWare Directory Service to authenticate users to its servers. To access any file systems, a legitimate account for the credentials that are being passed must exist on the NetWare server.

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To access the Novell NetWare 5 shares running only TCP/IP, perform the following steps exactly:
  1. On the IIS computer that is attempting to communicate with Novell, install the Novell NetWare Client for Microsoft Windows NT (Required). During setup, choose a custom installation, choose to install into an NDS system, and only choose IP for the protocol. Do not install Workstation Manager.
  2. On the computer running IIS 5.0, open Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, double-click Computer Management, click to expand Local Users and Groups, double-click Users, right-click the IUSR_Machine Name account, and then click Set Password. Change the password, save it, and then close the Computer Management console.
  3. In the Internet Services Manager, do the following:

    1. Right-click the server name (for example, MYWEB01) under Internet Information Services.
    2. Click the Edit button next to WWW to open the master properties.
    3. On the Directory Security tab, click the Edit button next to Anonymous and Authentication methods.
    4. On the Authentication Methods tab, click Edit under the Anonymous section to open the Anonymous User properties.
    5. Click to uncheck the option for IIS to control the password, and then enter the password that you changed in step 2.
  4. Open the NetWare Administrator located in the sys: volume in the Public\WIN32 folder of the NetWare 5 Server. In the root of the container where the server exists, create an IUSR_Machine Name account that is identical to the one on the Windows NT Server computer. In the properties for that user, click Password Restrictions, and then make sure that only the Require password option is checked. Click Set Password, and then set the password to that of the Windows NT account. Do not require passwords to be changed on the NetWare system.

    NOTE: This is the most crucial step to the entire process.
  5. In the NetWare Administrator, open the properties for the newly created IUSR, click the Rights to files and directories tab, and then add the appropriate permissions to the database files that need to be accessed. Give at least Read permissions, unless changes will be made through the Internet, which requires all permissions except Supervisor and Access Control.
NOTE: After you add the virtual directory in IIS, you may see a red stop sign with the word "Error" inside. This warning appears because IIS does not support the UNC connection to a computer in a domain that does not have a trust relationship with the domain in which the IIS server resides.


Article ID: 285159 - Last Review: June 19, 2014 - Revision: 4.0
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