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Hi Experts,

I have searched the net for a proper example of the web.config files that show how to setup forms based authentication for Sharepoint 2010.  I have read the technet articles, blogs, and so forth.
Does someone have a file they can show me or tell me where the items have to be put and what has to be in each web.config file and what the settings are that will work for AD authentication?
The server is in 1 domain and I want to use FBA to authenticate against a second domain.

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by:Glen Knight
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I don't see what the web.config has to do with this?

You need some way of authenticating with Sharepoint, if it's in a different domain then there will need to either be a trust in place or the domain where sharepoint is housed will need to have the users from the other domain.

You would the use something like Threat Management Gateway to publish the Sharepoint site and provide forms based authentication.
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by:Justin Smith
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The web.config files have a lot to do with it. You have to tell SharePoint how to use the fba auth source, whether that is SQL or lightweight ad. I'm not at my computer right now or I would post an example.
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ACH1LLES is correct and although I am no expert, the major point of using claims based auth and forms based auth is so you can use multiple databases/stores for managing user accounts, so you can have users in SQL, OpenLDAP, AD, etc.

I think the issue I have is the web.config file strings, I've tried everything I've found online and even have an MS ticket opened, but the techs at MS were lost, they put me behind as I was at least able to add users from the other domain, now I can't do that so I have to revert.  

If I could get FBA to work even for the domain that the machine is in, then I am sure i could modify the file so that it would work against the other domain, but the parmaters must be missing something as I can't get that to work.
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by:thepunish3r
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The forms based authentication works perfectly when configured correctly, it allows me to authenticate against an AD domain the server resides in and also against another database provider. I was able to use Oracle, SQL, and another AD domain.
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