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AnonymousIdentificationSection Class

Configures anonymous identification for users that are not authenticated. This class cannot be inherited.

System.Object
  System.Configuration.ConfigurationElement
    System.Configuration.ConfigurationSection
      System.Web.Configuration.AnonymousIdentificationSection

Namespace:  System.Web.Configuration
Assembly:  System.Web (in System.Web.dll)

public sealed class AnonymousIdentificationSection : ConfigurationSection

The AnonymousIdentificationSection type exposes the following members.

  NameDescription
Public methodAnonymousIdentificationSectionInfrastructure. Initializes a new instance of the AnonymousIdentificationSection class.
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  NameDescription
Public propertyCookielessGets or sets a value indicating whether to use cookies.
Public propertyCookieNameGets or sets the cookie name.
Public propertyCookiePathGets or sets the path where the cookie is stored.
Public propertyCookieProtectionGets or sets the encryption type used to encrypt the cookie.
Public propertyCookieRequireSSLGets or sets a value indicating whether a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection is required when transmitting authentication information.
Public propertyCookieSlidingExpirationGets or sets whether the cookie time-out value is reset on each request.
Public propertyCookieTimeoutGets or sets the amount of time, in minutes, after which the authentication expires.
Public propertyCurrentConfigurationGets a reference to the top-level Configuration instance that represents the configuration hierarchy that the current ConfigurationElement instance belongs to. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Public propertyDomainGets or sets the cookie domain.
Public propertyElementInformationGets an ElementInformation object that contains the non-customizable information and functionality of the ConfigurationElement object. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected propertyElementPropertyGets the ConfigurationElementProperty object that represents the ConfigurationElement object itself. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Public propertyEnabledGets or sets a value indicating whether anonymous identification is enabled.
Protected propertyItem[ConfigurationProperty]Gets or sets a property or attribute of this configuration element. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected propertyItem[String]Gets or sets a property, attribute, or child element of this configuration element. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Public propertyLockAllAttributesExceptGets the collection of locked attributes. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Public propertyLockAllElementsExceptGets the collection of locked elements. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Public propertyLockAttributesGets the collection of locked attributes (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Public propertyLockElementsGets the collection of locked elements. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Public propertyLockItemGets or sets a value indicating whether the element is locked. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected propertyPropertiesGets the collection of properties. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Public propertySectionInformationGets a SectionInformation object that contains the non-customizable information and functionality of the ConfigurationSection object. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)
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  NameDescription
Protected methodDeserializeElementReads XML from the configuration file. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected methodDeserializeSectionInfrastructure. Reads XML from the configuration file. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)
Public methodEqualsCompares the current ConfigurationElement instance to the specified object. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Public methodGetHashCodeGets a unique value representing the current ConfigurationElement instance. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected methodGetRuntimeObjectReturns a custom object when overridden in a derived class. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)
Public methodGetTypeGets the Type of the current instance. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodInitSets the ConfigurationElement object to its initial state. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected methodInitializeDefaultUsed to initialize a default set of values for the ConfigurationElement object. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected methodIsModifiedIndicates whether this configuration element has been modified since it was last saved or loaded when implemented in a derived class. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)
Public methodIsReadOnlyGets a value indicating whether the ConfigurationElement object is read-only. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected methodResetResets the internal state of the ConfigurationElement object, including the locks and the properties collections. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected methodResetModifiedResets the value of the IsModified method to false when implemented in a derived class. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)
Protected methodSerializeElementWrites the contents of this configuration element to the configuration file when implemented in a derived class. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected methodSerializeSectionInfrastructure. Creates an XML string containing an unmerged view of the ConfigurationSection object as a single section to write to a file. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)
Protected methodSerializeToXmlElementWrites the outer tags of this configuration element to the configuration file when implemented in a derived class. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected methodSetReadOnlySets the IsReadOnly property for the ConfigurationElement object and all subelements. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
Protected methodShouldSerializeElementInTargetVersionIndicates whether the specified element should be serialized when the configuration object hierarchy is serialized for the specified target version of the .NET Framework. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)
Protected methodShouldSerializePropertyInTargetVersionIndicates whether the specified property should be serialized when the configuration object hierarchy is serialized for the specified target version of the .NET Framework. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)
Protected methodShouldSerializeSectionInTargetVersionIndicates whether the current ConfigurationSection instance should be serialized when the configuration object hierarchy is serialized for the specified target version of the .NET Framework. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)
Public methodToStringReturns a string that represents the current object. (Inherited from Object.)
Protected methodUnmergeModifies the ConfigurationElement object to remove all values that should not be saved. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)
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The AnonymousIdentificationSection class allows you to programmatically access and modify the anonymousIdentification element of a configuration file.

The purpose of anonymous identification is to assign, at machine and application level, a unique identity to a non-authenticated user. This unique identity can then be used to track the user. Anonymous identification as used in this context does not have any relationship with the identity of the issuer of the Web request or with other security aspects related to the user; it simply assigns a unique identity for tracking purposes and user state management.

Anonymous users are often tracked using the Session identifier. The main problems with this approach are the non-uniqueness of the identifier and the overhead involved in storing data to set a Session state value, which must be done in order to assign a session identifier to a user. Anonymous identification resolves these problems by providing a unique identifier for each non-authenticated user and not requiring the user to store any data to set the identifier.

The following example shows how to obtain the AnonymousIdentificationSection object from the underlying configuration file. You use this object to get or set the related configuration values.

// Get the applicaqtion configuration.
Configuration configuration =
    WebConfigurationManager.OpenWebConfiguration(
   "/aspnetTest");

// Get the section.
AnonymousIdentificationSection anonymousIdentificationSection = 
    (AnonymousIdentificationSection)configuration.GetSection(
    "system.web/anonymousIdentification");

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.6, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0

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.

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.
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