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IReportServerCredentials Interface

Allows applications to provide credentials for connecting to a Reporting Services report server.

Namespace: Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms
Assembly: Microsoft.ReportViewer.WebForms (in microsoft.reportviewer.webforms.dll)

Public Interface IReportServerCredentials
Dim instance As IReportServerCredentials

public interface IReportServerCredentials
public interface IReportServerCredentials

When implementing the IReportServerCredentials interface, it is important know that the ReportViewer control stores the instance of the object in ASP.NET session. If the server's ASP.NET session is being stored out of process, such as in Reporting Services, the class must be marked Serializable so that it may be serialized for storage.

Although it is not required, it is also a good practice to implement the IReportServerCredentials interface as a stateless object. This prevents the credential information, such as user name and password, from being stored when the object is serialized.

For more information about how to specify credentials with the ReportViewer control, see Specifying Connections and Credentials for the ReportViewer Web Server Control.

The following example provides an implementation of IReportServerCredentials that is marked Serializable so that it can be serialized for storage. The credential information is retrieved from the Web.config file. This implementation will connect to the report server with the same credentials for all client requests.

Before using the example, three key value pairs must be added to the application's Web.config file in the appSettings block: MyReportViewerUser, MyReportViewerPassword, and MyReportViewerDomain. These values correspond to the user name, password, and domain that will be used to connect to the report server.

Imports System.Net
Imports System.Security.Principal
Imports Microsoft.Reporting.WebForms

Partial Class _Default
    Inherits System.Web.UI.Page

    Protected Sub Page_Init(ByVal sender As Object, _
                            ByVal e As System.EventArgs) _
                            Handles Me.Init

        ReportViewer1.ServerReport.ReportServerCredentials = _
            New MyReportServerCredentials()

    End Sub

End Class

<Serializable()> _
Public NotInheritable Class MyReportServerCredentials
    Implements IReportServerCredentials

    Public ReadOnly Property ImpersonationUser() As WindowsIdentity _
            Implements IReportServerCredentials.ImpersonationUser

            'Use the default windows user.  Credentials will be
            'provided by the NetworkCredentials property.
            Return Nothing

        End Get
    End Property

    Public ReadOnly Property NetworkCredentials() As ICredentials _
            Implements IReportServerCredentials.NetworkCredentials

            'Read the user information from the web.config file.  
            'By reading the information on demand instead of storing 
            'it, the credentials will not be stored in session, 
            'reducing the vulnerable surface area to the web.config 
            'file, which can be secured with an ACL.

            'User name
            Dim userName As String = _

            If (String.IsNullOrEmpty(userName)) Then
                Throw New Exception("Missing user name from web.config file")
            End If

            Dim password As String = _

            If (String.IsNullOrEmpty(password)) Then
                Throw New Exception("Missing password from web.config file")
            End If

            Dim domain As String = _

            If (String.IsNullOrEmpty(domain)) Then
                Throw New Exception("Missing domain from web.config file")
            End If

            Return New NetworkCredential(userName, password, domain)

        End Get
    End Property

    Public Function GetFormsCredentials(ByRef authCookie As Cookie, _
                                        ByRef userName As String, _
                                        ByRef password As String, _
                                        ByRef authority As String) _
                                        As Boolean _
            Implements IReportServerCredentials.GetFormsCredentials

        authCookie = Nothing
        userName = Nothing
        password = Nothing
        authority = Nothing

        'Not using form credentials
        Return False

    End Function

End Class