WebService.User Property


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Gets the ASP.NET server User object. Can be used to authenticate whether a user is authorized to execute the request.

Namespace:   System.Web.Services
Assembly:  System.Web.Services (in System.Web.Services.dll)

public IPrincipal User {
		Level = AspNetHostingPermissionLevel.Minimal)]

Property Value

Type: System.Security.Principal.IPrincipal

A IPrincipal representing the ASP.NET server User object.

Both Internet Information Services (IIS) and the .NET Framework need to be configured for authentication in order for the User property to be meaningful. Authentication is the process of accepting credentials from a user and validating those credentials against some authority. If the credentials are valid, you have an authenticated identity. Authentication in the .NET Framework is configured by placing entries in the web.config file.

The following example demonstrates the entries you place in the web.config file to enable Windows authentication.

 <authentication mode="Windows"> <!-- Mode Options are Windows, Cookie, Passport and None or Empty String -->

For more information on setting up security for an XML Web service see [<topic://cpconSecuringASPNETWebServices>].

The example below looks up the authenticated user name and returns that name.

.NET Framework
Available since 1.1

WebService Class
System.Web.Services Namespace

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