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Q. I am trying to use an SQL database on the same machine which uses trusted (or mixed) security. The Test button works but it doesn't let me in.
A. When you are using this model, you will have the same problem and need the same solution as if you were trying to use a database on a remote machine.
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OK, but why is it that only your software needs to do this to access the database? I have no problems with ASP, Cold Fusion, InfoMaker, Powerbuilder, etc.
A. It is to do with how the system loads services and the permission it assigns them. When the IIS service is loaded (and consequently the AuthentiX filter along with it) it is given a special identity. This identity only has anonymous access to local resources. If a service needs resources which require additional permissions, then the service (and any dll's it loaded) needs to impersonate a "real" user.
I cannot speak to the other applications you mention, however if they do not load as part of a system service, then they won't have the same kind of requirement, because they'll be running in the context of a "real" user (just like the AuthentiX windows GUI, when you hit the Test button).

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