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Using user names and passwords in a web app

I am working on a web-based help desk ticketing system (code is in VB.NET, but it's an ASP.NET 1.1 page), and I would like to use user names and passwords to not only control access to the application, but to also restrict some users from certain parts of the app.  I understand the concept of a user inputting his/her credentials and looking them up in the database to see if the credentials are valid.  However, I do not know how to keep this user information stored throughout the individuals web session.  For example, when the person creates a new ticket, I would like the ticket information to prepopulate itself with the user's basic info (once again, I know how to query the DB for this, but not sure how to keep track of the user).  Are there any good references or tutorials that I could read, or maybe suggestions you have, to accomplish this task?  BTW, the DB is a SQL2000 server, if that helps, and I'm using Visual Studio .NET 2003 to write the app.  Thanks in advance for your help.
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christopher_perry
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sridonCommented:
HI

Why don't you use the session variable to store the user name. Whenever you want the user name you can access the username from the session variable.

You can put any value into the secession using the follwing method :-

Session("UserName") = sUserName

You will use the above method after you authenticate the user.

And you can retrive the data by

sUserName = CType(Session("UserName"), String)

you will use the above cod whenever you want to access the stored username.

Hope this is helpful

Thanks & Regards
Sriram
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