Need to authenticate users (forcing them to login and validating their password)? If you are using NT (or Win2K) and IIS, and your users have network accounts, then here’s a really easy (and safe) way to perform authentication. Simply prevent anonymous access to the files or directory structure to be protected – this will force NT throw up a login screen forcing the user to specify a valid NT login name and password. Once authenticated you can find out the user login name be looking at the CGI.AUTH_USER variable. (Applies to: ColdFusion All)

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