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ASP.NET Session State

Session state is used to maintain data for an individual user for the duration of their interaction with a web site. Our application used an "InProc" session, which maintained state in memory. This made development painful because a recompile forced a new login to the web site. We changed to an "SQLServer" session which solved the login problem; you can just carry on where you are after a recompile.

Session State is defined in the web.config file:

    <sessionState mode="InProc"/>

Possible modes are:

To configure SQLServer mode:

These instructions work for the IIS 6 web server. In IIS 6 the ASP.NET process, w3wp.exe, runs as NETWORK SERVICE by default. You will have to consult google if you are using a different version of IIS, since I think the permissions will be different.