AnonymousIdentificationSection Class
 

Configures anonymous identification for users that are not authenticated. This class cannot be inherited.

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

Inheritance Hierarchy
SystemObject
   System.ConfigurationConfigurationElement
     System.ConfigurationConfigurationSection
      System.Web.ConfigurationAnonymousIdentificationSection

Syntax
public sealed class AnonymousIdentificationSection : ConfigurationSection
public ref class AnonymousIdentificationSection sealed : ConfigurationSection
[<Sealed>]
type AnonymousIdentificationSection = 
    class
        inherit ConfigurationSection
    end
Public NotInheritable Class AnonymousIdentificationSection
	Inherits ConfigurationSection
Constructors
NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubmethod AnonymousIdentificationSection

This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Initializes a new instance of the AnonymousIdentificationSection class.

Properties
NameDescription
System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets a value indicating whether to use cookies.

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets the cookie name.

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets the path where the cookie is stored.

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets the encryption type used to encrypt the cookie.

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets a value indicating whether a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) connection is required when transmitting authentication information.

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets whether the cookie time-out value is reset on each request.

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets the amount of time, in minutes, after which the authentication expires.

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets a reference to the top-level Configuration instance that represents the configuration hierarchy that the current ConfigurationElement instance belongs to.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets the cookie domain.

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets an ElementInformation object that contains the non-customizable information and functionality of the ConfigurationElement object. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protproperty

Gets the ConfigurationElementProperty object that represents the ConfigurationElement object itself.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets a value indicating whether anonymous identification is enabled.

System_CAPS_protproperty

Gets or sets a property or attribute of this configuration element.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protproperty

Gets or sets a property, attribute, or child element of this configuration element.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets the collection of locked attributes.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets the collection of locked elements.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets the collection of locked attributes (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets the collection of locked elements.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets or sets a value indicating whether the element is locked.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protproperty

Gets the collection of properties.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubproperty

Gets a SectionInformation object that contains the non-customizable information and functionality of the ConfigurationSection object. (Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

Methods
NameDescription
System_CAPS_protmethod DeserializeElement

Reads XML from the configuration file.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethod DeserializeSection

This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Reads XML from the configuration file.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod Equals

Compares the current ConfigurationElement instance to the specified object.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod GetHashCode

Gets a unique value representing the current ConfigurationElement instance.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethod GetRuntimeObject

Returns a custom object when overridden in a derived class.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod GetType

Gets the Type of the current instance.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_protmethod Init

Sets the ConfigurationElement object to its initial state.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethod InitializeDefault

Used to initialize a default set of values for the ConfigurationElement object.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethod IsModified

Indicates whether this configuration element has been modified since it was last saved or loaded when implemented in a derived class.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod IsReadOnly

Gets a value indicating whether the ConfigurationElement object is read-only.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethod Reset

Resets the internal state of the ConfigurationElement object, including the locks and the properties collections.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethod ResetModified

Resets the value of the IsModified method to false when implemented in a derived class.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_protmethod SerializeElement

Writes the contents of this configuration element to the configuration file when implemented in a derived class.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethod SerializeSection

This API supports the product infrastructure and is not intended to be used directly from your code. Creates an XML string containing an unmerged view of the ConfigurationSection object as a single section to write to a file.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_protmethod SerializeToXmlElement

Writes the outer tags of this configuration element to the configuration file when implemented in a derived class.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethod SetReadOnly

Sets the IsReadOnly property for the ConfigurationElement object and all subelements.(Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

System_CAPS_protmethod ShouldSerializeElementInTargetVersion

Indicates whether the specified element should be serialized when the configuration object hierarchy is serialized for the specified target version of the .NET Framework.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_protmethod ShouldSerializePropertyInTargetVersion

Indicates whether the specified property should be serialized when the configuration object hierarchy is serialized for the specified target version of the .NET Framework.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_protmethod ShouldSerializeSectionInTargetVersion

Indicates whether the current ConfigurationSection instance should be serialized when the configuration object hierarchy is serialized for the specified target version of the .NET Framework.(Inherited from ConfigurationSection.)

System_CAPS_pubmethod ToString

Returns a string that represents the current object.(Inherited from Object.)

System_CAPS_protmethod Unmerge

Modifies the ConfigurationElement object to remove all values that should not be saved. (Inherited from ConfigurationElement.)

Remarks

The AnonymousIdentificationSection class allows you to programmatically access and modify the anonymousIdentification element of a configuration file.

The purpose of anonymous identification is to assign, at machine and application level, a unique identity to a non-authenticated user. This unique identity can then be used to track the user. Anonymous identification as used in this context does not have any relationship with the identity of the issuer of the Web request or with other security aspects related to the user; it simply assigns a unique identity for tracking purposes and user state management.

Anonymous users are often tracked using the Session identifier. The main problems with this approach are the non-uniqueness of the identifier and the overhead involved in storing data to set a Session state value, which must be done in order to assign a session identifier to a user. Anonymous identification resolves these problems by providing a unique identifier for each non-authenticated user and not requiring the user to store any data to set the identifier.

Examples

The following example shows how to obtain the AnonymousIdentificationSection object from the underlying configuration file. You use this object to get or set the related configuration values.

// Get the applicaqtion configuration.
Configuration configuration =
    WebConfigurationManager.OpenWebConfiguration(
   "/aspnetTest");

// Get the section.
AnonymousIdentificationSection anonymousIdentificationSection = 
    (AnonymousIdentificationSection)configuration.GetSection(
    "system.web/anonymousIdentification");
' Get the applicaqtion configuration.
Dim configuration _
As Configuration = _
WebConfigurationManager.OpenWebConfiguration( _
"/aspnetTest")

' Get the section.
Dim anonymousIdentificationSection _
As AnonymousIdentificationSection = _
CType(configuration.GetSection( _
"system.web/anonymousIdentification"), _
AnonymousIdentificationSection)
Version Information
.NET Framework
Available since 2.0
Thread Safety

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

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