Nick Manojlovic Nick Manojlovic - 2 months ago 9
ASP.NET (C#) Question

Connection String Using a Domain User?

Previously for all our applications we have been using a sysadmin user within SQL Server to connect and add/update/delete/get data. Our SQL Admin wants to delete that account and create a Domain Account so we can use that account within our .net applications.

My current connection string is:

name="name" connectionString="Data Source=server;Initial Catalog=database;Persist Security Info=True;User ID=user;Password=password" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient"

What would the connection string be for using a domain account?

I tried :

name="name" connectionString="Data Source=server;Initial Catalog=database;Persist Security Info=True;User ID=domain\user;Password=password" providerName="System.Data.SqlClient"

and it does not work.

Is there a different way to connect to SQL Server using a domain account?

Thank for your help.


Have a look at for every possible variation - a very handy resource I use all the time

Specifically, you want this format:

Data Source=myServerAddress;Initial Catalog=myDataBase;Integrated Security=SSPI;

This, of course, only works if the domain account in question is the one opening the connection.

There's no easy way to connect with arbitrary credentials - but you can impersonate the user in question and then connect.

This can be a bit of a pain. An alternative if the users are on the local network (or you control their browser config) is to use Kerberos authentication on your site. The pages will be served with the relevant user's permissions - then you can use the connection string above and IIS will connect to the Db with the appropriate credentials for each user.