Specify the Login URL for Forms Authentication (IIS 7)
Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista
By default, the login URL for Forms authentication is Login.aspx. You can create a unique login page for clients who visit a site or application. For example, you might want to collect specific information from visitors, or offer membership to selected pages on the site or selected applications.
For information about the levels at which you can perform this procedure, and the modules, handlers, and permissions that are required to perform this procedure, see Authentication Feature Requirements (IIS 7).
Exceptions to Feature Requirements
To specify the login URL for Forms authentication
You can perform this procedure by using the user interface (UI), by running Appcmd.exe commands in a command-line window, by editing configuration files directly, or by writing WMI scripts.
To use the UI
Open IIS Manager and navigate to the level you want to manage. For information about opening IIS Manager, see Open IIS Manager (IIS 7). For information about navigating to locations in the UI, see Navigation in IIS Manager (IIS 7).
In Features View, double-click Authentication.
On the Authentication page, select Forms Authentication.
In the Actions pane, click Edit.
In the Edit Forms Authentication Settings dialog box, in the Login URL text box, type the name of the page where clients login, and then click OK.
To specify the login URL for Forms authentication, use the following syntax:
appcmd set config /commit:WEBROOT /section:system.web/authentication /forms.loginURL:string
The variable forms.loginURL string is the name of the page where clients login. The default value is Login.aspx. For example, to specify the login URL for Forms authentication, type the following at the command prompt, and then press ENTER:
appcmd set config /commit:WEBROOT /section:system.web/authentication /forms.loginURL:login.aspx
When you use Appcmd.exe to configure the authentication element at the global level in IIS 7, you must specify /commit:WEBROOT in the command so that configuration changes are made to the root Web.config file instead of ApplicationHost.config.
For more information about Appcmd.exe, see Appcmd.exe (IIS 7).
The procedure in this topic affects the following configuration elements:
<forms> under <authentication> under <system.web>
For more information about IIS 7 configuration, see IIS 7.0: IIS Settings Schema on MSDN.
Use the following WMI classes, methods, or properties to perform this procedure:
- FormsAuthenticationConfiguration.LoginUrl property
For more information about WMI and IIS, see Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) in IIS 7. For more information about the classes, methods, or properties associated with this procedure, see the IIS WMI Provider Reference on the MSDN site.