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ClientFormsIdentity.AuthenticationType Property

Gets the type of authentication that is used to authenticate the user.

Namespace:  System.Web.ClientServices
Assembly:  System.Web.Extensions (in System.Web.Extensions.dll)

public string AuthenticationType { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The type of authentication that is used to authenticate the user.



You will typically access a ClientFormsIdentity object as an IIdentity reference to avoid a direct dependency on this class. You can determine whether a user is authenticated by checking the IIdentity.IsAuthenticated property of the identity. However, the user may be authenticated for Windows, but not for client application services. To determine whether the user is authenticated for client application services, you should also confirm that the IIdentity.AuthenticationType property value is "ClientForms". For more information, see the ClientFormsIdentity class overview.

The following example code demonstrates how to use this property through an IIdentity reference to determine whether a user is currently authenticated for client application services. This example assumes that the application is in the default configuration where users are not required to log in again when the authentication cookie expires. Otherwise, the WebException might indicate that the user login has expired. For more information, see How to: Configure Client Application Services.

private void SaveSettings()
    System.Security.Principal.IIdentity identity = 

    // Return if the user is not authenticated. 
    if (identity == null || !identity.IsAuthenticated) return;

    // Return if the authentication type is not "ClientForms". 
    // This indicates that the user is not authenticated for  
    // client application services. 
    if (!identity.AuthenticationType.Equals("ClientForms")) return;

    catch (System.Net.WebException)
        MessageBox.Show("Unable to access the Web settings service. " +
            "Settings were not saved on the remote service.", 
            "Not logged in", MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Warning);

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5, 4, 3.5

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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