I am getting a permission error when running an EXEC passthrough query from an Access 97 front end. I have tried 2 intances one on my local machine and another on a remote sever. Both have identical ODBS connection links yet the local machine instance works but the remote server instance return an error. The error appears to be something in relation to the xp cmdshell command being run in the bacground and having the correct permissions ie "dbo_owner". I've never seen this error before. The remote server can process pass through select queries but none of the action variety. Can anyone help?