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Forms Authentication

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Use Forms authentication to provide authentication for high-traffic sites or applications on public servers. This authentication mode lets you manage client registration and authentication at the application level, instead of relying on the authentication mechanisms provided by the operating system.

UI Element List

The following tables describe the UI elements that are available on the feature page and in the Actions pane.

Feature Page Elements


Element Name Description

Forms Authentication

Select to manage Forms authentication.

Actions Pane Elements


Element Name Description


Turns on Forms authentication.


Turns off Forms authentication.


Opens the Edit Forms Authentication Settings dialog box where you can set various parameters for Forms authentication, such as cookie settings and the login URL that will redirect unauthenticated clients. You can perform this action only when you select Forms Authentication from the list on the feature page.

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