Authentication Methods in IIS, Part 2By Akhilesh
In Part 1 we discussed the various types of authentication provided by IIS. In this part we look at how to setup such authentication modes through IIS's Internet Service Manager!
Setting up Authentication Methods through IIS
In order to access the Authentication methods for a project in IIS, you have to open the Microsoft Management Console (also knows as Internet Service Manager). Right click on the project you want to change/view the Authentication methods of and chose properties.
Next, chose the Directory Security Tab and then click the edit button in the Anonymous Access and Authentication Control frame. You'll then be taken to a screen with a number of checkboxes for the various authentication modes. The screenshot below shows that IIS 4 screen. The IIS 5 settings are similar. Simply check the checkboxes based on what sort of authentication you want.
There other methods of protecting certain content on a Web site. For example, you can have a login and password for each registered user which can be saved in a database. Each time the user wants to access the site he has to enter in a valid username/password. For more information on these types of authentication, check out: Creaing a Database Login Page.
To learn more about authentication and security check out: Authentication and Security for Web Developers.