MachineKeys on IIS 7.x : Inside Out

Question: What are Machinekeys? On what particular keys IIS 7.x is dependent upon?

Ans: IIS uses MachineKeys for encrypting data like passwords, App Pool identities which are stored in configs(applicationhost.config and web.config)

By default, IIS 7 includes two main providers for securing properties located in applicationhost.config


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