Utilize Active Directory Provider in ASP.NET 2.0

You can use the System.Web.Security.ActiveDirectoryMembershipProvider class to do Membership against active directory!!!

However, you have to setup a special connection string to point to a domain controller and to run as a user to query LDAP.

I’ll be working with this a little bit later and will likely post the code for this project somewhere…

Here is more info on how to do this:


How to Setup the Web Site Configuration WebSite outside VS.NET 2005

Here’s how to do it:

  • Copy all files in the C:WindowsMicrosoft.NETFrameworkv2.0.50727ASP.NETWebAdminFiles to a directory inside C:inetpubwwwroot (likely called Admin) – IGNORE the one that is in the inetpubwwwrootaspnet_webadmin…that is a bad copy!!!
  • Go into IIS, make the directory a web application, set it’s asp.net version to 2.0
  • The default.aspx page that normally loads expects the queryString variables of applicationPhysicalPath and applicationURL (as the web application is modifiying membership/roles/profile via the providers and the updating the web.config file of the web application you are pointing it at)!!!
  • You can set this statically in the default.aspx page and have it not care about the queryString variables
  • Then you would want to lock down the web with IIS authentication

ACA.NET 4.0 vs Enterprise Library

Despite what most people may think, Avanade actually devloped the original versions of Enterprise Library.  This innovative piece of software spawned the future of what we now know as our beloved Software Factories (Smart Client, Web Service, Mobile, etc).  Let’s give Avanade some serious credit for being the people they were and are today! 

Thanks Avanade!

ASP.NET 2.0 Top Features…

These are the top new features of ASP.NET:

  • Master Pages!

  • Web Diagnostics

  • Provider Model (Membership, Roles, Security)

  • Asyncronous Web Pages!

If you think your web pages are fast and well architected, but you didn’t use the things above, then you don’t know that you don’t know those things will make it even faster and well architected!

Coolest new things about BizTalk 2006

By far, the coolest things about BizTalk 2006 are:

  • Flat File Schema generator…wow…that thing is awesome!

  • Application containers in the BizTalk Admin Console…good job MS!

  • Bigger window to code custom C# code in orchestrations…woohoo!

There are a few others, but dang…those are some biggies!