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Secifies the expected identity of the server. This identity is valid for X509 Certificate authentication mode if the server’s certificate contains a DNS with the same value. It is also valid for Windows authentication mode if the SPN has the same value.

For more information about setting the element value, see Specifying Service Identity.

<dns value = "String" />

The following sections describe attributes, child elements, and parent elements.


Attribute Description


The DNS of the certificate. DNS is an industry-standard protocol used to locate computers on an IP-based network. Users can remember display names, such as http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?prd=10929&pver=3.5&plcid=0x409&clcid=0x409&ar=MS&sar=MS or http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=96165&clcid=0x409, easier than number-based addresses, such as

Child Elements


Parent Elements

Element Description


Specifies the identity of the service to be authenticated by the client.

The following configuration code specifies the DNS of an X.509 certificate that is used to authenticate a server.

  <dns value = "www.cohowinery.com" />

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