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>What is the config for authentication? Ah! That *was* wrong... but now it's right ( SystemAuth is "no" (which works on my other machine) ) and I'm still not getting in. > What is in the passwd file? Even pserver users are validated against > the domain in the 'default setting' environment, and I think the passwd > file adds to that. When using a name in the passwd file, you need to > specify an account to use when impersonation is enabled (that'll be the > acct you need to set up with correct NTFS, but you probably know that already). This part is okay, I'm 99% sure because I used the same technique on the other server. I am mapping from pserver accounts to Windows accounts, and those Windows accounts are valid, and have permission to use the repository etc. folders. >>The error message is always the same, when I try cvs login >>"authorization failed: server blah rejected access to /path/path2 for >>user fred >>I suspect this is because the impersonation is failing. Why? Because I >>have triple, quadruple checked config, passwd, readers and writers, and >>all the directory permissions, and can find no errors. >>Important: the installation setup routine (install shield exe) FAILED on >>this server, repeatedly, always on the final installation screen. It >>would just hang. No error message anywhere, not even in EventLog. I had >>to end-task. > >Could be the LSA helper install failing??? I had trouble with my old NT4 >prod server failing on the upgrade, but I ended up moving CVSNT to a newer >machine with Win2K (it wasn't an upgrade, and later upgrades went smooth). First I've heard of an LSA helper install... I don't know. >>So I'm sure that my manual installation of all the files has missed some >>key step which enables something, probably the impersonation feature? >>Is there any way that someone can diagnose this "authorization failed" error? > >Run "cvsservice -test" and use "cvs -t -t -t" against it to get debug >info. Hopefully something will be of use in diagnosis. I stopped the service then ran cvsservice -test. That gives some more info on the client side (tortoise cvs): Fatal error, aborting. cvs [checkout aborted]: CVSRECSTORE: Switch to user failed due to configuration error. Contact your System Administrator. Only problem is, I'm the System Administrator and I have no idea ! <g> The cvsservice is installed and running under LocalSystem. It gives this feedback when started with -test: Impersonation is enabled Starting auth server ... CVS initialized successfully. I wasn't sure what to do with the -t -t -t idea. Thanks very much for the quick reply. Ann