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Determine The Role of a User in ASP.NET

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There are several controls that allow you to display content based on the role a user is in, including:

– LoginView
– LoginStatus

And the web.config file allows us to control which pages can be viewed based on which role a user is in.

But what if you need to determine the role a user is in using the APIs? How do you do that?

It turns out that the API for this is really rather straightforward.

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Forms Authentication – Manual Authentication

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I’ve had several occasions in the past where I’ve needed to do my own authentication or I’ve needed to add some additional methods to the authentication process.

As easy as Microsoft has made the authentication process, you might think that in order to  manually authenticate you’d need to write all of your authentication code manually.  But nothing could be farther from the truth.

In fact, most of the time all you need to do is trap an event handler in the existing login control.

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