SQL Server backup and ‘operating system error 5′

Whilst trying to backup a SQL Server 2005 database on Windows 2003 I was given an error which said, amongst other things operating system error 5. That didn’t help a great deal, but the resolution was relatively simple: give the SQL user on the server access permissions to the folder I was trying to back up to. On my server the user was along the lines of SQLServer2005MSSQLUser$…..

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