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Posted on 2012-04-11
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Hi there. The company I work for is looking at using AD LDS for authentication and permissions for 3 web applications we currently run.

The applications are very archaic and use  MS SQL to store all data as well as passwords.

I am new to web applications and permissions. Can someone give me some detail as to how I would use AD LDS for authentication and to restrict access depending on the permission level? I would also like to know if there is a way to have a single sign on using AD LDS for all three websites?

The websites will be redeveloped but currently we are simply looking to improve security. I am unsure as to how permissions are currently done.

By the way, the websites hold confidential information so security is a priority.

Thank you
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I assume that your are using group/roles for permissions and assigning users to them (AD groups to authorization roles).  You can divide your site with subdirectories that can be restricted by roles.  You can also use the AD Groups as a SQL login in to grant exec permission, etc within your SQL database.  

In your web.config,  you can restrict a directory and adjust your menu by enabling security trimming. This trimming only shows the pages the user is authorized.

    <siteMap defaultProvider="DfltSite" enabled="true">
      <providers>
        <add name="DfltSite" description="Defaut SiteMap provider." type="System.Web.XmlSiteMapProvider" siteMapFile="web.sitemap" securityTrimmingEnabled="true"/>
      </providers>
    </siteMap>
    <roleManager enabled="true" defaultProvider="AspNetWindowsTokenRoleProvider"/>
....
  <location path="Supervisors">
    <system.web>
      <authorization>
        <allow roles="DomainName\GroupName"/>
        <deny users="*"/>
      </authorization>
    </system.web>
  </location>

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That's a great point to assign groups to subdirectories. I never thought about it that way. Is there any documentation that anyone knows of that can detail what I would need to do to setup this structure for my three websites? I am fairly new to this but am exploring it as an option unless someone can tell me of a better option for what i need done.
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