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.NET Web Application Publishing and Authentication  Issues

Posted on 2010-09-14
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Hi All,

I am developing a very simple web app using .NET and C#. I am very new to developing web applications using .NET and I seem to be making it more difficult than it should be.

I am using Visual Studio 2010 Professional, and I am trying to publish the web app on Windows Server 2008 with IIS and .NET 4 installed.

The problem that I am having is that the default template that is created when I create a website in Visual Studio has 2 options for authentication  ('Local Network' and 'From the Internet'). I want to use Windows Authentication, but I am unsure how to remove the references to the Logon pages that were automatically created.

Everything works perfectly when debugging the app. But when I publish it with Windows Auth enabled I get an 'Access Denied' Error. I have enabled read access for all users so i'm unsure what I am doing wrong.

Also, when I use the built-in login form the CSS file does not load.

I would be fine with disabling all authentication if it will fix the issues. I am running the app on an internal network.

Thanks for any help.
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Question by:MattStewart01
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If you don't need those Login features created by default try using Empty Web Application Template instead.
If you want to use the template but not the Login Features then....you will need to modify your UI to remove the Login/Register etc link, which I think is part of .master page.
Then in your web.config make sure your authentication mode is set to Windows and not Forms.

<authentication mode="Windows" />
   <authorization>
            <deny users="?" />
   </authorization>

Check this for more on Window Authentication:
http://www.wrox.com/WileyCDA/Section/ASP-NET-3-5-Windows-Based-Authentication.id-310905.html
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms998358.aspx
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