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Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 does not support forms-based authentication. You cannot implement forms-based authentication for Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 Web sites.
Forms-based authentication was not implemented in Windows SharePoint Services 2.0. Attempts to use forms-based authentication will result in many problems.
For example, a common problem is that search crawling will fail in Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Additionally, you receive an error message that resembles the following error message:
The address could not be found, (0x80041204 - An unrecognized HTTP status was received. Check that the address can be accessed using Internet Explorer. )
In this scenario, the provider implements its security by using browser cookies. The Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003search crawler is unable to correctly authenticate when cookie-based authentication systems are used.
In order to address this common feature request, support for forms-based authentication is provided in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and in Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.
For more information about forms-based authentication, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
Forms-based authentication is a type of ASP.NET-based authentication in which an unauthenticated user is redirected to an HTML form. When the user provides his or her credentials on the form, a cookie that contains a ticket is issued to the user. On subsequent logon requests, the system first checks the cookie to determine whether the user was already authenticated.
For more information about Windows SharePoint Services 2.0, visit the following Microsoft Web site: