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    Hey guys,

    So I have another problem. I need to check out a file from PVCS from an ASP.NET webpage. In order to do so I spawn a process that calls a batch file which sets some environment variables and then calls the pvcs command get.exe to get the file. This all works great when I run it on my local machine, but as soon as I deploy to the server all hell breaks lose. The website impersonates the main user, this happens in the web.config (still not sure if relevant). 

    After trial and error, I narrowed down the problem to communication with shared drives. PVCS drive is mapped in the server. So I made a small batch script that only does a cd to a directory on this shared drive and it failed. Code is simply "cd Z:/work/".

    Google gave some answers and more questions still. Apparently impersonation and shared drives simply do not work. But I'm not certain if that pertains to spawned process using C# Process class. Though, given that the webpage works perfectly in my machine without impersonation, this might have something to do with it. C# spawned processes have limited permissions, but I don't think this is the problem since my code is failing in doing a simple cd Z:\work\. 

    So I created a console app which does the check out (same code as the webpage) and it worked in the web server without a problem. The problem only occurs when I spawned the process from the webpage in the webserver. I made some dummy code to test.

    I even tried to call the console app from the website, but that still doesn't work. 


    public partial class _Default : System.Web.UI.Page
            protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
            protected void btnCheckout_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
                Command cmd = new Command(@"cmd", @"/c testpath.bat");
                lblError.Text = cmd.stderr;
                lblOutput.Text = cmd.stdout;
    public class Command
            // Private members
            private Process process;
            private int timeout;
            // Public members
            public string stderr { get; private set; }
            public string stdout { get; private set; }
            public string exception { get; private set; }
            public bool done { get; private set; }
            public int exitLevel { get; private set; }
            /// <summary>
            /// Construct a Command object that will be executed in a Windows environment.
            /// </summary>
            /// <param name="args">the command to execute in command prompt</param>
            /// <param name="timeout">This is optional and consists of the time in milliseconds to wait for the command to finish. Default is 10 seconds.</param>
            public Command(string exec, string args, string workingDir="", int timeout = 5000)
                this.timeout = timeout;
                this.exception = "";
                process = new Process();
                if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(workingDir))
                    process.StartInfo.WorkingDirectory = workingDir;
                process.StartInfo.FileName = exec;
                process.StartInfo.Arguments = args;
                process.StartInfo.UseShellExecute = false;
                process.StartInfo.CreateNoWindow = true;
                process.StartInfo.RedirectStandardError = true;
                process.StartInfo.RedirectStandardOutput = true;
                process.OutputDataReceived += process_OutputDataReceived;
            void process_OutputDataReceived(object sender, DataReceivedEventArgs e)
                if (!string.IsNullOrEmpty(e.Data))
                    stdout = e.Data;
            public void execute()
                    process.BeginOutputReadLine();                  // Note that the following three lines in any 
                    stderr = process.StandardError.ReadToEnd();     // other order will deadlock. 
                catch (Exception e)
                    exception = e.Message;
                    Debug.WriteLine(e.Message + "\n" + e.StackTrace);


    Does anybody have any clue what my problem is?