Configuration Files

Configuration files are XML files that can be changed as needed. Developers can use configuration files to change settings without recompiling applications. Administrators can use configuration files to set policies that affect how applications run on their computers.

Note   Managed code can use the System.Configuration API to read settings from the configuration files, but not to write settings to those files.

This section describes the syntax of configuration files and provides information about the three types of configuration files: machine, application, and security.

In This Section

Configuration File Format
Briefly describes the format of configuration files.
Machine Configuration Files
Describes the contents of machine configuration files.
Application Configuration Files
Describes the different types of application configuration files.
Security Configuration Files
Provides the location of the security configuration files.

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Configuration File Schema
Provides the schema for configuration files.
ASP.NET Settings Schema
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.NET Framework Configuration Tool (Mscorcfg.msc)
Describes how to use the configuration tool to configure applications and computers.
Code Access Security Policy Tool (Caspol.exe)
Describes how to examine and modify machine, user, and enterprise-level code access security policies.
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Accessing Objects in Other Application Domains Using .NET Remoting
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