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How can I password protect an IIS directory when I only have FTP access to the server? I can't adjust any IIS settings or add users or anything like that.

The answer to:

IIS Basic Authorization ala .htaccess/.htpasswd in apache

does not help as I only have access to the server via FTP. I just need to password protect a directory.

I've tried several variations of a web.config file. I can get a basic HTTP auth form to pop up when a user attempts to load a page from my test directory, but I can't configure the authentication part. The server complains that:

Parser Error Message: It is an error to use a section registered as allowDefinition='MachineToApplication' beyond application level. This error can be caused by a virtual directory not being configured as an application in IIS.

whenever I add an <authentication> section to my web.config.

I'm grateful for any help anyone can offer.

Edit: I don't know what version of IIS is running on this server, but here is the server tag from error messages:

Version Information: Microsoft .NET Framework Version:1.1.4322.2490; ASP.NET Version:1.1.4322.2494

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