How to Use Personalization Server w/ Anonymous Authentication

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This article describes how to configure Microsoft Personalization Server to work on Internet Information Server version 4.0 using Anonymous authentication. Anonymous logins are common when accessing the Web. Web administrators will want to enable anonymous login capabilities when their Web sites are being accessed by Internet users.


  1. In the Microsoft Management Console, select Default Web Site, and then click Properties on the context menu.
  2. Click the Directory Security tab, and then click the Edit button for Anonymous Access and Authentication Control.
  3. Click the Edit button on the Authentication Methods tab. This will bring up the Anonymous User Account dialog box, which contains the Enable Automatic Password Synchronization checkbox and an Edit box to change the password.
  4. Add a password, then close Anonymous User Account dialog box and enter the same password for the account in the Windows NT User Manager for Domains.
  5. If the files are stored on a different computer than the Web server, do one of the following:

    1. Enable the guest account on the file server
    2. Create an account on the file server with the same name and password as the anonymous account used by the Web server.
    In either case, you must make sure that the account has access to the share on which the propdb files are stored.


Article ID: 177505 - Last Review: June 22, 2005 - Revision: 4.3
  • Microsoft Site Server 2.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0
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