Have you ever wondered how sites authenticate users using forms? This article will explain how to by using ASP.Net and SQL 2000.
First, you need to prepare your computer to run the authentication. Be sure you already have IIS installed and running on a Windows 2000 (or better) computer or server. You also need to install the .Net Framework which is a free download available from Microsoft. After the .Net Framework is installed, you must configure IIS to run the framework properly. You can do so by going to IIS and setting the default user to ASPNET. More experienced users might want to edit the config files on the host to add additional users or permissions.
Secondly, you need to establish a database in SQL. If you do not have SQL, the SQL desktop engine (MSDE) is available as a free download from Microsoft. You can download this engine by going to www.asp.net/webmatrix/ and downloading the ASP.Net Community built Web Matrix. This will include steps to downloading MSDE. Once you have downloaded and installed your MSDE, you must setup a database.