ASP.NET MVC4 – Just get it running without having to implement Membership/RoleProvider?

For those of you who wish to build a simple Hello World application with ASP.NET MVC 4 (New Project \ ASP.NET MVC 4 .NET Application \ Internet Application \ Razor|ASPX View Engine, accept all defaults), you’d run into nasty surprise as soon as you hit F5 and try to run the new application:

Server Error in ‘/’ Application.


Configuration Error

Description: An error occurred during the processing of a configuration file required to service this request. Please review the specific error details below and modify your configuration file appropriately.

Parser Error Message: Could not load file or assembly ‘MySql.Web, Version=6.7.4.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=c5687fc88969c44d’ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

Source Error:

Line 249:      <providers>
Line 250:        <add name="AspNetSqlMembershipProvider" type="System.Web.Security.SqlMembershipProvider, System.Web, Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a" connectionStringName="LocalSqlServer" enablePasswordRetrieval="false" enablePasswordReset="true" requiresQuestionAndAnswer="true" applicationName="/" requiresUniqueEmail="false" passwordFormat="Hashed" maxInvalidPasswordAttempts="5" minRequiredPasswordLength="7" minRequiredNonalphanumericCharacters="1" passwordAttemptWindow="10" passwordStrengthRegularExpression="" />
Line 251:        <add name="MySQLMembershipProvider" type="MySql.Web.Security.MySQLMembershipProvider, MySql.Web, Version=6.7.4.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=c5687fc88969c44d" connectionStringName="LocalMySqlServer" enablePasswordRetrieval="false" enablePasswordReset="true" requiresQuestionAndAnswer="true" applicationName="/" requiresUniqueEmail="false" passwordFormat="Clear" maxInvalidPasswordAttempts="5" minRequiredPasswordLength="7" minRequiredNonalphanumericCharacters="1" passwordAttemptWindow="10" passwordStrengthRegularExpression="" />
Line 252:      </providers>
Line 253:    </membership>

Alternatively, simply add FIX 1 below and you’re go to go. (FIX 2/3 are optional)

<appSettings>
<add key=”webpages:Version” value=”2.0.0.0″ />
<add key=”webpages:Enabled” value=”false” />
<add key=”PreserveLoginUrl” value=”true” />
<add key=”ClientValidationEnabled” value=”true” />
<add key=”UnobtrusiveJavaScriptEnabled” value=”true” />

<!– FIX 1: Add these, you’re not using WebMatrix “WebMatrix.WebData.SimpleMembershipProvider” –>
<add key=”enableSimpleMembership” value=”false”/>
<add key=”autoFormsAuthentication” value=”false”/>
</appSettings>

<system.web>

<!– FIX 2: For simplicity’s sake, mode = None –>
<authentication mode=”None”>
<!–
<forms loginUrl=”~/Account/Login” timeout=”2880″ />
–>
</authentication>

<!– FIX 3. Use System.Web.Providers.DefaultMembershipProvider –>
<membership defaultProvider=”DefaultMembershipProvider”>
<providers>
<clear />
<add name=”DefaultMembershipProvider” type=”System.Web.Providers.DefaultMembershipProvider” connectionStringName=”DefaultConnection” enablePasswordRetrieval=”false” enablePasswordReset=”true” requiresQuestionAndAnswer=”false” requiresUniqueEmail=”false” maxInvalidPasswordAttempts=”5″ minRequiredPasswordLength=”6″ minRequiredNonalphanumericCharacters=”0″ passwordAttemptWindow=”10″ applicationName=”/” />
</providers>
</membership>
<roleManager defaultProvider=”DefaultRoleProvider”>
<providers>
<clear />
<add name=”DefaultRoleProvider” type=”System.Web.Providers.DefaultRoleProvider” connectionStringName=”DefaultConnection” applicationName=”/” />
</providers>
</roleManager>

</System.Web>

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