It is a programmatic interface for Microsoft Windows directory. It enables your applications to interact with diverse directories on a network, using a single interface. Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework that makes it easy to add ADSI functionality with the DirectoryEntry and DirectorySearcher components. Using this, you can create applications that perform common administrative tasks, such as backing up databases, accessing printers, and administering user accounts etc.
The ActiveDirectoryMembershipProvider is a membership provider that is included in ASP.NET Framework. You can use this provider to store the user information in Active Directory or ADAM (Active Directory Application Mode). This is a light weight version of Active Directory. If you want to use ASP.NET membership with ADAM, then you need to follow these steps:
• Create an ADAM instance and create the required classes.
• Configure your application to use the ActiveDirectoryMembershipProvider and connect to the ADAM instance.
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