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Q. How do I set things up for FrontPage?

A. In IIS Manager, turn on Allow Anonymous (otherwise the whole site will be protected by IIS), turn off Basic Authentication (You don't want AuthentiX's Basic Authentication to conflict with IIS's Basic Authentication), Turn on NTCR (Integrated Windows Authentication in Windows 2000) (those using Frontpage will be logging in via NTCR instead). In the Options dialog turn on "Don't Authenticate Frontpage subdirectories". Make sure that the anonymous user can access the actual directory, without the software having protection for that directory, then Add protection. Make sure the Frontpage filter is loaded after the AuthentiX filter.

For FrontPage 2000 there is an issue with the new virtual vti_bin methodology, if you are authenticating FP with IIS Basic Authentication (and not NTCR (Integrated Windows Authentication in Windows 2000)).
To edit a site with frontpage, the vti_bin virtual directory must have IIS Basic Authentication on, however if this is the case users/browsers cannot use the bot without being prompted for an NT basic auth sign on.
This is because (I think) the browser is sending Basic Authentication creditials to AuthentiX, but these are being passed to the bot in the vti_bin, and these credentials do not match IIS NT Basic Authentication credentials.
If you turn off vti_bin IIS Basic Authentication, the bot will work for the user, but you won't be able to edit the site with FrontPage.
It is better to use ASP solutions rather than bots, when you are authenticating FP with IIS Basic Authentication (and not NTCR (Integrated Windows Authentication in Windows 2000)).
If you must authenticate FP with IIS Basic Authentication (and not NTCR (Integrated Windows Authentication in Windows 2000)), and you must use FP bots, and you cannot have 2 IP addresses, then you have got a problem that cannot be resolved at the present time (8/3/00).
Better to:

  • Use NTCR (Integrated Windows Authentication in Windows 2000) for FP authentication
  • Don't use bots, use ASP or other solutions
  • Use 2 IP addresses

Also see here.
and Microsoft's comments here

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