Thank you. I'm afraid I might break something if I put a directive in the httpd.ini to tell IIS to ignore the .htaccess file since it's suppose to look at that file for IISPassword.
I probably wouldn't even qualify as an IIS novice (yet) and I really don't like messing with it. I'm getting comfortable with LAMP (let's say I'm an intermediate, although that might overstate things). Anyway, I just have this one host (3 sites) using IIS and everything about them frustrates me endlessly.
I know just a little about using ISAPI Rewrite and NOTHING of IISPassword. All I really know is that when an .htaccess file shows up in the blog's root folder IISPassword pops up blocking access to everything. Thankfully this particular site at least runs ISAPI Rewrite 3 on a dedicated server, the other two sites with this host are on shared servers running ISAPI Rewrite 2 and I've never even gotten permalinks working correctly on them.
Sorry for the long winded background. If you can offer any more detail on "telling IIS to use those files as it would use http.ini" I'd appreciate it, if not I think I can just live with it as is for now.