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Configure web.config for forms authentication and page specific access

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I'm trying to configure my web app for both forms authentication and page specific access.  does the following code look right?

<configuration>
      <system.web>

            <authentication mode="Forms">
                  <forms name="admin" loginUrl="login.aspx" protection="All" path="/" timeout="60"/>
            </authentication>
            <authorization>
                  <deny users="?"/>
            </authorization>



            <!--
            The <customErrors> section enables configuration
            of what to do if/when an unhandled error occurs
            during the execution of a request. Specifically,
            it enables developers to configure html error pages
            to be displayed in place of a error stack trace.

        <customErrors mode="RemoteOnly" defaultRedirect="GenericErrorPage.htm">
            <error statusCode="403" redirect="NoAccess.htm" />
            <error statusCode="404" redirect="FileNotFound.htm" />
        </customErrors>
        -->
      </system.web>

      <location path="aboutUs.aspx">
            <system.web>
                  <authorization>
                        <allow users="?"/>
                  </authorization>
            </system.web>
      </location>

      <location path="contactUs.aspx">
            <system.web>
                  <authorization>
                        <allow users="?"/>
                  </authorization>
            </system.web>
      </location>

</configuration>
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by:Sammy
ID: 17015181
I think you have to put your pages in directory then use the location
Example
create a directory called ContactUs and put contactus.aspx inside it then
 <location path="ContactUs">
          <system.web>
               <authorization>
                    <allow users="?"/>
               </authorization>
          </system.web>
     </location>


HTH
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by:deanvanrooyen
ID: 17015234
your pages can be locations!

you are missing defaultUrl = the url that the login form navigates to....

eg  <forms name=".Office" defaultUrl="content/mainportal.aspx" path="/" loginUrl="content/login.aspx" timeout="60" protection="All" slidingExpiration="true">


some examples:
http://dotnetjunkies.com/quickstart/aspplus/doc/configformat.aspx


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by:Sammy
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deanvanrooyen,
Even in the example you provided the pages are included in a directory, None of the is in the root directory
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by:deanvanrooyen
ID: 17015963
the name="admin" should be name=".admin"

i am going to test the location stuff
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allowOverride="true" !    :)

 <location path="aboutUs.aspx" allowOverride="true">
    <system.web>
      <authorization>
        <allow users="*"/>
      </authorization>
    </system.web>
  </location>

just to recap
1: name=".admin"
2: defaultUrl  - good practise to have this otherwise if the user hits the login page you will have to manually transfer them
3: you can use just a aspx page as a location even in the root folder of the login page, just remember to add allowOverride="true" to the location tag.
so <allow users="*"/> allows user to see this aboutus.aspx page but other pages with ? will be only authenticated users
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by:deanvanrooyen
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"location" in the sense that this "object" (folder or page) can override parent configuration.
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by:davidcahan
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deanvanrooyen

thanks for all the hard work.  really appreciate the help
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