Configuring .NET Framework Apps

The .NET Framework gives developers and administrators control and flexibility over the way applications run. An administrator can control which protected resources an application can access, which versions of assemblies an application will use, and where remote applications and objects are located. Developers can put settings in configuration files, eliminating the need to recompile an application every time a setting changes. This section describes what can be configured and why configuring an application might be useful.

Configuration Files

Describes the syntax of configuration files and provides information about machine, application, and security configuration files.

How to: Locate Assemblies by Using DEVPATH

Describes how to direct the runtime to use the DEVPATH environment variable when searching for assemblies.

Redirecting Assembly Versions

Describes how to specify the location of an assembly and which version of an assembly to use.

Specifying an Assembly's Location

Describes how to specify where the runtime should search for an assembly.

Configuring Cryptography Classes

Describes how to map an algorithm name to a cryptography class and an object identifier to a cryptography algorithm.

How to: Disable Concurrent Garbage Collection

Describes how to specify whether the runtime should run the garbage collector concurrently.

How to: Create a Publisher Policy

Describes when and how you should add a publisher policy file to specify assembly redirection and code base settings.

Configuration File Schema for the .NET Framework

Provides the schema for configuration files.

Registering Remote Objects Using Configuration Files

Describes how to register remote objects in configuration files.

ASP.NET Web Site Administration

Describes how to configure ASP.NET applications.

ASP.NET Configuration Settings

Describes each of the configuration sections within the <system.web> section of Web.config files and shows the full syntax that each supports.

Caspol.exe (Code Access Security Policy Tool)

Describes how to examine and modify machine, user, and enterprise level code access security policies.

Assemblies in the Common Language Runtime

Provides an overview of assemblies.

Remote Objects

Discusses remoting with .NET Framework applications.