Web applications that are based on ASP.NET provide many ways for users to be authenticated and authorized to gain access to resources. The way that you restrict access to resources varies, depending on the authentication method that you use. For example, for an application where you use Microsoft Windows authentication and you enable impersonation, you can use NTFS file permissions for access control. However, for an application where you use forms authentication, you must modify the Web.config file to restrict access. This article describes how to control authorization for both of these ASP.NET authentication methods.
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- To require authentication, remove the ASPNET user account’s access permissions for the file or folder.
- To restrict access to specific Windows user accounts or group accounts, grant or deny Read NTFS file permissions to files or folders.
For additional information about how to use NTFS permissions to control authentication and authorization, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
- Start a text editor, such as Notepad, and then open the Web.config file that is located in the application’s root folder.
Note If the Web.config file does not exist, create a Web.config file for the ASP.NET application.
- If you want to control authorization for the whole application, add the <authorization> configuration element to the <system.web> element in the Web.config file.
- In the <authorization> element, add the <allow> configuration element and the <deny> configuration element. Use the users attribute to specify a comma-delimited list of user names. You can use a question mark (?) as a wildcard character that matches any user name. For example, the following code denies access to all users except user1 and user2:
<allow users="user1, user2"/>
- Save the Web.config file.
Note For more information about configuring directory-specific and file-specific settings, see the References section of this article.