ASP.Net Role & Membership Providers (Under IIS7) – DOESN’T Work!


Ok well, it does, but I’ve had a very stressful afternoon at it’s merciless hands!  Just trying to get the ASP.Net roles & membership working on asp.net 3.5, using IIS7.  I created the project and clicked “ASP.Net Confguration” from the project menu, but no working providers existed.

I defined some custom providers and nothing would get picked up.

It turns out, under IIS you need to define a connection string with a specific name to make this work–

 <connectionStrings>
    <clear/>
    <add name="LocalSqlServer" connectionString="your real connection string goes here!" />
  </connectionStrings>

So we’re clearing out the default inherited connection strings then overriding the default LocalSqlServer connection to have the correct connection to our real database, as this appears to be the connection string it defaults to.

Save the web.config file, the fire up the “ASP.net configuration” site again and you should be away!

Thanks to Mr Ledger for channelling the awesome power of google through himself to yield that nugget of joy and relief!

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