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Web-based Active Directory Login

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Web-based Active Directory Login


Web-based Active Directory Login implements central sign-on system for web-based applications. It was developed to eliminate maintenance of user passwords in database, whether encrypted or not. A user running application from desktop enjoys liberty to access resources and/or services on the network which he has permission to do from Windows. On the other hand, web-based applications run in a security context entirely different from that of a desktop application. Same user while running application from browser will not have such liberty. This was the problem when I tried to login using my n/w user name and password maintained in Active Directory through web. Ultimately it was overcome by impersonating the web server anonymous user which in most cases is IUSR_machinename.

Using the code

Below is a brief description of how to use the code.

There are two class files

  1. LoginAdmin
  2. prjLogin

LoginAdmin is an ActiveX DLL type project and contains a standard module and a class module. The ImpersonateUser class has two methods which you will be using in your ASP code.

' create an object of ImpersonateUser class
 Set objLogon = Server.CreateObject("LoginAdmin.ImpersonateUser")
' any domain user who has rights to access active directory
 objLogon.Logon "user id", "password", "domain name"

 Set objLogon = Nothing

These are the methods of the class ImpersonateUser and their description:

Logon(strUser, strPassword, strDomain)This method should be called before sending request to active directory. The user should be a valid domain user with at least read permissions of active directory. You can keep this user in a database or hardcode it's userid and password in the ASP script.
LogOff()This method must be called after accessing info from Active Directory in order for IIS to revert security permissions of the particular file

prjLogin is also an ActiveX DLL type project and contains only a class module. It uses references to Active DS type library. The clsDomainLogin class has one method with three parameters user name, password and domain.

' create an object of clsDomainLogin class
 Set oUser = Server.CreateObject("prjLogin.clsDomainLogin")

' BindObject has three parameters userid, password and domain name
 iResult = oUser.BindObject(strUser, strPassword, strDomain)

Below is a method of the class clsDomainLogin and its description:

BindObject(strUser, strPassword, strDomain)This method should be called while authenticating from Active Directory. It returns 1 when successful and 0 when unsuccessful


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About the Author

Faisal Haroon
Web Developer The Shams Group
Pakistan Pakistan
Faisal is Senior Team Lead at The Shams Group, Karachi. He has 10+ years of experience in the field of software/ web development and infrastructure management.
He has worked on various tools and platform which includes VB, ASP, ASP.NET, Javascript, COM/COM+, SQL Server, Informix, Active Directory, UNIX/Solaris, WSH, Windows NT/ 2000 servers, RADIUS, SMTP, POP, IMAP etc.
He likes to watch movies, hangs out with friends and loves to make new friends.

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Comments and Discussions

QuestionWhy only 1 wrong password try locks out my Network ID? Pin
Red Valdez17-Jun-09 0:42
memberRed Valdez17-Jun-09 0:42 
GeneralASPX Web-based Active Directory Login problem Pin
ra2ak8-May-09 1:35
memberra2ak8-May-09 1:35 
GeneralRe: ASPX Web-based Active Directory Login problem Pin
Red Valdez17-Jun-09 0:40
memberRed Valdez17-Jun-09 0:40 
GeneralLogin success / bad password, when using no un / pw or a correct un / pw Pin
graeme thompson23-Apr-09 3:37
membergraeme thompson23-Apr-09 3:37 
GeneralRe: Login success / bad password, when using no un / pw or a correct un / pw Pin
aurelian6514-Apr-11 2:04
memberaurelian6514-Apr-11 2:04 
dickpacific13-Feb-09 8:31
memberdickpacific13-Feb-09 8:31 
GeneralWorks perfect in WINXP Web Server but won't work with WINDOWS 2003 64-bit machine Pin
Member 318471415-Jul-08 4:19
memberMember 318471415-Jul-08 4:19 
GeneralRe: Works perfect in WINXP Web Server but won't work with WINDOWS 2003 64-bit machine Pin
Faisal Haroon29-Jul-08 7:32
memberFaisal Haroon29-Jul-08 7:32 
GeneralRe: Works perfect in WINXP Web Server but won't work with WINDOWS 2003 64-bit machine Pin
Red Valdez18-Feb-09 0:00
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QuestionHow to use functions in dynamic stored procedures Pin
sanjeev Kumar Gupta8-Aug-07 0:40
membersanjeev Kumar Gupta8-Aug-07 0:40 
Generallogon failed to active directory with ASP Pin
fernandoariel25-Apr-07 10:01
memberfernandoariel25-Apr-07 10:01 
GeneralRe: logon failed to active directory with ASP Pin
aurelian6514-Apr-11 2:06
memberaurelian6514-Apr-11 2:06 
GeneralImpersonateUser in IIS6.0 Pin
Augusto Ortiz15-Mar-07 14:33
memberAugusto Ortiz15-Mar-07 14:33 
GeneralNo changes and 529 errors Pin
Member #383349215-Feb-07 9:33
memberMember #383349215-Feb-07 9:33 
QuestionVS 2005 ASP.NET error Pin
Peter Grigg4-Sep-06 20:26
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AnswerRe: VS 2005 ASP.NET error Pin
Faisal Haroon2-Nov-06 4:45
memberFaisal Haroon2-Nov-06 4:45 
GeneralPorts and Protocols Pin
Ricardo Gimenez4-Sep-06 8:33
memberRicardo Gimenez4-Sep-06 8:33 
QuestionThis is fantastic code but i need help!!! Pin
jasinthebasin3-Aug-06 0:59
memberjasinthebasin3-Aug-06 0:59 
AnswerRe: This is fantastic code but i need help!!! Pin
Faisal Haroon16-Aug-06 2:09
memberFaisal Haroon16-Aug-06 2:09 
Questionthis is an amazing code [modified] Pin
cnean27-Jun-06 7:18
membercnean27-Jun-06 7:18 
QuestionRe: this is an amazing code Pin
Faisal Haroon5-Jul-06 7:19
memberFaisal Haroon5-Jul-06 7:19 
GeneralReturn Variable if Disabled Pin
iceman221019-Jun-06 9:53
membericeman221019-Jun-06 9:53 
Generalvery important problem,please help: [modified] Pin
mozi485-Jun-06 23:57
membermozi485-Jun-06 23:57 
AnswerRe: very important problem,please help: Pin
Faisal Haroon19-Jun-06 12:12
memberFaisal Haroon19-Jun-06 12:12 
GeneralAlways bad password Pin
jjasper072916-May-06 6:27
memberjjasper072916-May-06 6:27 

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