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Default Testing Against Windows-Based Security

I've been happily developing my first, very simple, application on my Portable. I am doing it as follows:

(1) Developing it on my XP Machine with IIS installed locally and VS.NET

(2) I have been using a local account to the machine with full admin rights locally

This has worked great and has allowed me to progress, the problem I have now is I need to start testing parts of the application that involve using Windows-based security - so I can test for membership of groups and hide aspects of the page, etc.

How do I do this? So far I have:

(1) I can log in as a Domain account fine from my machine and this works.

(2) My machine is part of the domain.

The trouble I have when I do this is IIS access no longer works too well - when logged in as the domain account I can hit IIS with 127.0.0.1 - but if I try localhost I get a 403 - Access Denied. This means VS will not open projects either.

I am not confused, I need to know how to properly develop/test against a domain account while still having IIS(etc) on a portable (it will not be copied up until servers until complete obviously).

Questions I have in my mind:

(1) Even when it works, will the fact I am logged in as a domain account be enough to test against groups,etc?

(2) When using Windows-based authentication what says a person can hit IIS? Just that he has a windows account or does he need to be a member of a group somewhere? Or does it allow him with an account and then the rest relies on file security?

Anyway, still working on this, but the level of Windows NT/IIS etc admin knowledge I need just to develop is starting to really fustrate me as its holding me back...





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