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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 directly edit the configuration files. XML tags and attributes are case-sensitive

In This Section

<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.

Remoting Settings Schema

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

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.

ASP.NET Configuration Settings

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

Web Services Settings Schema

Describes the <webServer> element.

Compiler and Language Provider Settings Schema

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

Related Sections

Configuring Applications

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

.NET Framework General Reference

Provides links to reference documentation of the public classes that constitute the .NET Framework, as well as lexicons for other languages employed in the .NET Framework.

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