Authentication and Security White Paper for Internet Developers

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We strongly recommend that all users upgrade to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) version 6.0 running on Microsoft Windows Server 2003. IIS 6.0 significantly increases Web infrastructure security. For more information about IIS security-related topics, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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This article is a pointer to a white paper available for download. The white paper discusses Windows NT security as it relates to Internet Information Server (IIS) so that you can effectively troubleshoot security- related problems. It covers the three forms of authentication, how they differ, several ways of controlling access to key areas on your Web server, and the important, but almost universally misunderstood, concept of "delegation." Understanding delegation is mandatory for anyone building a data driven Web site using IIS. Understanding how Windows NT handles different "users" will potentially save you days or weeks of troubleshooting.


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Article ID: 174811 - Last Review: February 24, 2014 - Revision: 5.4
  • Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0
  • Microsoft Visual InterDev 1.0 Standard Edition
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