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ASP.NET 3.5 | IIS7 | Forms Authentication Does Not Work

Posted on 2014-03-27
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Hello,

I have uploaded my asp.net 3.5 on my new webserver that runs iis7.

The website works fine, but when I try to log in to my sign in page (which uses forms authentication to save users credentials in a cookie), it does not authenticate the user.

It works fine on my local laptop so it seems that there is an option that I need to enable on the iis7.

Any help?
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by:indrajitmahajan
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hi..

If you want to enable authentication on your website for your users you can even leave the anonymous user and windows authentication enabled, so IIS will accept all the request coming to the webserver. You can then use form authentication (implemented with the SignIn method in the login page) to grant your visitors access to only certain parts of the website using the asp.net membership.

For more details:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/301240
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by:Alan Warren
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Hi feesu,

I suspect that the applicationID in the table/s aspnet_Membership and aspnet_Users is different on the live site than on your local machine, possibly because the ApplicationName is different. Check the SQL table aspnet_Applications, before and after you create a new user on the live site, you will probably find you have more than one application, one (your local app) and one (your live site), Asp .Net Membership supports multiple applications.
Scott Gu's blog "You should ALWAYS customize the Membership provider and specify an applicationName"...
    <membership defaultProvider="CustomizedProvider" userIsOnlineTimeWindow="20">
    <!-- passwordFormat="Hashed" note hashed passwords cannot be retrieved-->
      <providers>
        <clear/>
        <add connectionStringName="cnMyConnection" enablePasswordRetrieval="true" passwordFormat="Encrypted" enablePasswordReset="true" requiresQuestionAndAnswer="true" requiresUniqueEmail="true" maxInvalidPasswordAttempts="32000" passwordAttemptWindow="10" minRequiredPasswordLength="5" minRequiredNonalphanumericCharacters="1" passwordStrengthRegularExpression="" applicationName="MySiteName" name="CustomizedProvider" type="System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider"/>
      </providers>
    </membership>

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I think you will find that if you sign up a new member on the live site, things will work as expected, but it won't work for members you created on your local machine, because the applicationID and possibly the ApplicationName differ.

Update aspnet_Membership set ApplicationID='theapplicationoftheuseryoucreatedonthelivesite'  
-- same for the other membership tables that require  appilication id

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Respectfully yours,
Alan
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by:feesu
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Experts,

Thank you for your feedback.

My problem is not with code. My code has been running perfectly for years. However, this is the first time I upload my website to an IIS7 web server. That's the reason probably, and I am sure it is a certain setting in the IIS itself.

Any recommendation on that?
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Have you installed and enabled Forms Authentication module in IIS 7? Can you post a screenshot of Authentication types from IIS console?
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by:feesu
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Hi mwenenko,

Please see if the attached helps.

Thanks
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by:feesu
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Ok, I think I've figured it out. Thanks.
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