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Configuration File Schema for the .NET Framework

Configuration Files are standard XML files. The .NET Framework defines a set of elements that implement configuration settings. This section describes the configuration schema for the machine configuration file, application configuration files, and the security configuration file.

You need to be familiar with XML if you want to edit the configuration files directly.

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XML tags and attributes are case-sensitive.

<configuration> Element

Describes the <configuration> element, which is the top-level element for all configuration files.

<assemblyBinding> Element for <configuration>

Specifies assembly binding policy at the configuration level.

<linkedConfiguration> Element

Specifies a configuration file to include.

Startup Settings Schema

Describes the elements that specify which version of the common language runtime to use.

Runtime Settings Schema

Describes the elements that configure assembly binding and runtime behavior.

Network Settings Schema

Describes the elements that specify how the .NET Framework connects to the Internet.

Cryptography Settings Schema

Describes elements that map friendly algorithm names to classes that implement cryptography algorithms.

Configuration Sections Schema

Describes the elements used to create and use configuration sections for custom settings.

Trace and Debug Settings Schema

Describes the elements that specify trace switches and listeners.

Compiler and Language Provider Settings Schema

Describes the elements that specify compiler configuration for available language providers.

Application Settings Schema

Describes the elements that enable a Windows Forms or ASP.NET application to store and retrieve application-scoped and user-scoped settings.

Web Settings Schema

All elements in the Web settings schema, which includes elements for configuring how ASP.NET works with a host application such as IIS. Used in aspnet.config files.

Remoting Settings Schema

Describes the elements that configure client and server applications that implement remoting.

ASP.NET Configuration Settings

Describes the elements that control the behavior of ASP.NET Web applications.

Web Services Settings Schema

Describes the elements that control the behavior of ASP.NET Web services and their clients.

Configuring Applications

Describes how to configure security, assembly binding, and remoting in the .NET Framework.

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