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C#® Developer's Guide to ASP.NET, XML, and ADO.NET by Chris Kinsman, Jeffrey P. McManus

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Structure of Configuration Files

As mentioned earlier, ASP.NET configuration files are XML documents. The root node of the document is always called configuration. Within the configuration node are a variety of nodes and subnodes that contain additional settings; these are grouped into section handlers.

The next few sections describe the default section handlers in the System.Web section of a Web configuration file. Because each Web.Config file ultimately inherits its settings from Machine.Config, the descriptions apply to both files.

Authentication Settings

Authentication refers to the process whereby a user is granted or denied access to the page based on security credentials.

ASP.NET supports three authentication modes:

  • Windows authentication ...

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