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.NET Passport Authentication in IIS 6.0

Updated: August 22, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1

Microsoft® .NET Passport is a user-authentication service and a component of the Microsoft .NET framework. The .NET Passport single sign-in service and express purchase service enable your business to deliver a fast, convenient, and secure way for consumers to sign in and make transactions on your site. With the .NET Passport single sign-in service, you can map sign-in names to information in your databases, which enables you to offer .NET Passport members a personal Web experience through targeted ads, promotions, and content. Using .NET Passport in this way potentially helps you increase customer loyalty, sales, and advertising revenues.

.NET Passport uses standard Web technologies and techniques, such as Secure Sockets Layer (SSL), HTTP redirects, cookies, Microsoft JScript®, and strong symmetric key encryption to deliver the single sign-in service. The .NET Passport service is compatible with both Microsoft Internet Explorer version 4.0 or later, and Netscape Navigator version 4.0 or later. In addition, .NET Passport is compatible with some versions of UNIX.

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