I have a web application that runs using the NETWORK SERVICE account and which has a Virtual Directory to a shared folder (containing images) on an EMC VNX NAS/SAN Unified Storage file server.

I don't know much about those file servers that's why I am asking here on serverfault.

When I configure the web application to access the shared folder using my domain account, the application can load the images, however when I set the application use the NETWORK SERVICE account, (which would translate to the web server's DOMAIN\MACHINE$ account), I am unable to access the files. Of course I have added the DOMAIN\MACHINE$ account to the shared folder permissions as well as the NTFS permissions. I've even tested accessing shared folders on other Windows Servers using the NETWORK SERVICE account and they work.. I am unable to connect only to the EMC file server in this way.

I also ran Process Monitor on the web server and I see that the NT AUTHORITY\NETWORK SERVICE user gets a 0xC0000199 Result when trying to access the \fileserver\sharedfolder path.

I googled that status result and I get things like:

"The account used is a Computer Account. Use your global user account or local user account to access this server."
and other results that seem to suggest that the problem is that I am using a computer account not a user account.

Also the Event Viewer from the file server, shows these two Failure Audits in the "Security" tab:

Event ID: 681
The logon to account: MACHINE$
from workstation: MACHINE
failed. The error code was: CIFS error: DC AUTH ERROR

Event ID: 533
Logon Failure:
Reason: User not allowed to logon at this computer
User Name: MACHINE$
Domain: DOMAIN
Logon Type: 3
Logon Process: CIFS error: DC AUTH ERROR
Authentication Package: EMC NTLMSSP
Workstation Name: MACHINE

I do not know what configurations I need to put in place to allow computer accounts and I am assuming a lot of you server professionals have faced this issue before so if anyone can help me out I would appreciate it. Thanks!


Reconfigure the service to run as an actual service account, and assign the correct NTFS permissions to that account on the fileshare.

  • I'm not sure what you mean by configuring the "service to run as an actual service account"? Could you please elaborate more on that? Which service are you referring to and how does one go about that? Thanks – frezq Jul 17 '14 at 6:00

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