Enabling authentication in IIS Express

By default, everyone in your network has access to the Lansweeper web console. Access can also be restricted however, by following these instructions. To have your browser handle authentication of anyone accessing the console, you will need to make changes to your web server settings. Your web server is either IIS, IIS Express or UltiDev. If you're unsure which web server you're using, have a look at the Configuration\Website Settings section of the Lansweeper console. This article explains how to enable authentication under IIS Express.

 If you have your browser handle authentication, you may be prompted for a username and password whenever you open the web console. Login prompts are browser specific. Some browsers will, by default, prompt for credentials. Others will, by default, automatically log into the console as the currently logged on Windows user. To enable or disable prompts, follow the instructions in this knowledge base article.


If your web console is hosted in IIS Express, do the following to enable authentication in your web server settings:

  1. Right-click the following executable, found on the machine hosting your console, and select Run as administrator:
    Program Files (x86)\Lansweeper\IISexpress\ExpressAuthentication.exe
    running ExpressAuthentication.exe as an administrator

    If you don't run the executable as an administrator, it may be unable to make changes to your IIS Express configuration file and Windows may throw the following generic permissions error:

    Unhandled exception has occurred in your application. If you click Continue, the application will ignore this error and attempt to continue. If you click Quit, the application will close immediately. Access to the path 'C:\Program Files (x86)\Lansweeper\IISexpress\iisexpress.config' is denied.

  2. Select Integrated authentication and hit the Change button. Keep in mind that this will log everyone out of the console.
    enabling integrated authentication in IIS Express

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