IIS7 – Integrated Windows Authentication

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This whole reduce-the-surface-area business is making life for developers a bit hard. Else, why would something as simple as unchecking a box and checking another become so complex? In Good old IIS6 you had to just disable anonyous access and enable Integrated Windows or Basic Authentication.

If you are using IIS7 with Windows Server 2008 (guess it is same with Vista also), here is how you can enable these authentication types.

Go to Server Manager > Roles > IIS Server
Right click on IIS Server and choose Add Role Services
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Enable the required roles
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Restart IIS7 and go to the Authentication option for the website or server
Now you can see the new options to enable the desired auth modes.
iis-inetmgr-authentication-options

Enable the required auth types here.

10 thoughts on “IIS7 – Integrated Windows Authentication

  1. Thanks a lot for this article. I was hunting high and low trying to find Basic Authentication in the IIS console.

  2. I can’t find Windows Authentication even in or with IIS manager. Am running Windows 7 Home Premium. What should I do

  3. Very helpful article.
    However, I am unable to set any provider (i.e. NTLM or Negotiate) for Windows Authentication over my site.
    Any idea on what could be the problem?

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