MembershipProvider Property

UserNamePasswordServiceCredential.MembershipProvider Property

Gets or sets the membership provider.

Namespace:  System.ServiceModel.Security
Assembly:  System.ServiceModel (in System.ServiceModel.dll)

public MembershipProvider MembershipProvider { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Web.Security.MembershipProvider
The MembershipProvider for this service. The default is the SqlMembershipProvider.


An attempt is made to set this property when the credential is read-only.

For MembershipProvider mode, the service uses MembershipProvider for user name/password authentication by calling the ValidateUser method.


The UserNamePasswordValidationMode property must be set to MembershipProvider for the MembershipProvider to take effect. When the MembershipProvider property is set and the UserNamePasswordValidationMode property is not, WCF uses Windows authentication and ignores the value of the MembershipProvider property.

If the UserNamePasswordValidationMode property is set to MembershipProvider and the MembershipProvider property is not set to a value, the default is the SqlMembershipProvider class.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0

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