Directory Services and Asp.Net 2.0 Authentication

Yes, yes… .Net 2 is so last season. Even so, I’ve noticed that a lot of coders, especially those who haven’t played with it in depth, are still missing out on some of the excellent components that come bundled with it. Case in point are the authentication tools. Setting them up couldn’t be much easier – just write up the settings in your web.config file and plonk the authentication control on your page.

In an attempt to reduce the number of home-made authentication systems I keep seeing – some of them quite good, I must admit – below is a (very) short guide to configure a web application to authenticate users against a Directory Service such as Active Directory or LDAP. Continue reading