Configuring Providers in IIS 7
Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista
ASP.NET 2.0 includes several services that store state in a database or other data store. A provider is a software module that implements a uniform interface between one of these services and a data source. In IIS 7, you can set the default provider for your application. You can also configure the provider properties. For example, Users is a provider-based feature where one provider stores the user data in SQL whereas another provider stores the user data in a text file.
For information about the levels at which you can perform these procedures, and the modules, handlers, and permissions that are required for these procedures, see Providers Feature Requirements (IIS 7).