Meaning of HTTP_COOKIE ASP SESSION ID

I have cookies turned off on my ie5 browser.  when i run an asp page iterating through the HTTP ServerVariables collection, i get a long string of letters in the HTTP_COOKIE variable that differs depending on the page i come from.  it looks like: ASPSESSIONIDQGQQGQBC=MPDLOIFDGHKLJKAECFHLBBFC.
can someone explain what this information means, how and why it's generated.

thanks, mark
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aioudineCommented:
Session object used to maintain information about the current user session and to store and retrieve state information. For example, suppose you have an application that uses two main pages: one that summarizes customer information, and one that allows the user to order products. You want to ensure that the customer only sees the information page once, regardless of how many transactions they enter. In order to do this, the webclass must be able to determine whether the user has seen the customer information when it processes each new order. You can do this by using the Session object to retain information about where the user has already been
see "ASP and Web Session Management for more information" http://msdn.microsoft.com/workshop/server/asp/active.asp

Even though an ASP script may not require session management, a Session ID cookie is sent for every browser request.
If you don't plan to use session management for any applications on the server, then you may use the Registry to turn it off for all applications.
(see http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q163/0/10.asp)

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markxAuthor Commented:
thanks, so is this a random string of charaters generated by the browser or by the server?  if it's not just a random string of characters, is there some particular meaning within the string.  after capturing a number of strings i've noticed that there are patterns of characters that are repeated with each ASPSESSIONID string generated.

thanks, mark
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aioudineCommented:
it's pseudo-random string generated by IIS, not by browser
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markxAuthor Commented:
thanks for the info.

mark
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