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How can I encrypt user name and password in the webcofig file of my ASP.Net application

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Hi Experts,
I need help encrypting user name and password for my SQL Server connection in the web.cofig file of my ASP.Net application.

How can this be done.  

The requirements are as follows:
1.  The user name and password cannot live anywhere within the application's code.
2.  The user and password must be encrypted within the web.config file's connection string.

How can I do this?

Thank you in advance,
mrotor
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Giovanni Heward earned 1000 total points
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I believe this is achievable with the aspnet_regiis.exe tool.

Here's a reference to demonstrate:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dx0f3cf2(v=vs.85).aspx
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by:Tapan Pattanaik
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Hi mainrotor,

1. Open Command Prompt with "Run as administrator "
2. At the Command Prompt, enter: ( For .NET framework 4.0)

    cd C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v4.0.30319

In case your web Config is located in "D:\Project\EncryptWebConfig" directory path, then enter the following to encrypt the ConnectionString:

ASPNET_REGIIS -pef "connectionStrings" "D:\Project\EncryptWebConfig"

Use Aspnet_regiis.exe tool with the –pef option and specify the application path as shown above.

Similar  you can Decrypting the Connection String:

ASPNET_REGIIS -pdf "connectionStrings" "D:\Project\EncryptWebConfig"

For moredetails please check the below URL:

http://www.codeproject.com/Tips/795135/Encrypt-ConnectionString-in-Web-Config
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Thanks for both of your help.
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