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Custom SharePoint List-based Membership and Roles Provider

I've finally finished (almost) with the project that has been keeping me up late at night.  I want to thank Doug Ware, Brendon Schwartz, Dan Attis, and Adam Buenz for all the help they gave me over the past several months while I struggled to bring this beast to its knees.

I did some cool work so I thought I'd post it online.  Look for this to be the focus of several upcoming blog posts and eventually a white paper of some sort or other.

I sought out and received permission from my employer, Intellinet, and my client, Preparis, to post this code online in its entirety.

CodePlex banner Here is the code - http://www.codeplex.com/SPListMP

I've created a custom membership and role provider for SharePoint, which uses a SharePoint list as the backing store for users.  This gives me a couple of neat benefits:

  1. I've got totally discrete user stores despite the fact that potentially dozens of site collections are on the same server.  This means I can back up my users along with my site!
  2. I've got familiar and easy to use list management tools to maintain my users and my roles
  3. I've got the ability to do cool custom code based on my custom roles, including the ability to have custom welcome pages for each user role (ok, so this isn't restricted to my custom providers, but it's cool nonetheless)

I'm excited about this, and I plan to work on the code a lot as time goes on to get it right.  The code works now, but there are elements I'm not that proud of as I was forced to make cuts to get it done and out the door.

Published 10-09-2007 05:54 by Matt Ranlett
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xavier said:

Great tools, but where is the membership login page ? 404 error
September 25, 2007 7:59 AM

Harold Gray said:

Ditto - Got everythig working except the login page. Also, the downloadable WSP installs and works. Compiling the source does not work - after the wsp is created without error and installed. Activiation doesn't happen automatically. If you try it manually you get an error saying somethimg must be activated prior to activating your tool.
October 3, 2007 1:30 AM

Harold Gray said:


I finallly got everything working. Developed a login page that I uploaded to Codeplex.

Thanks for a great piece of work.
October 16, 2007 7:59 AM

Neel said:


Great tool

I was wondering, using the provider, if i can connect to a sql server on the network and use it to save the users

I have around 12000 user accounts, which are already in use, i want to use the same userid and password for validation using forms auth.

Help me out asap

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About Matt Ranlett

One of the two original Atlanta .NET Regular Guys, Matt fills his free time by helping to run several Atlanta area user groups, the Atlanta Code Camps, and works as one of the two INETA co-Vice Presidents of Technology
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