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I'm able to authenticate using AD credentials and the requested page loads fine, but IIS is re-requesting authentication for every page change or page refresh.

If this is normal behavior for this type of authentication, what would be a better way to authenticate to prevent requesting of credentials for every page change/refresh?

I've setup a very simple test application with page1.html that has a link to page2.html. When clicking the link to page2, I'm asked again for credentials. I created a folder called test1 and in the IIS Manager I did a "Convert to application" using the DefaultAppPool. I disabled Anonymous Authentication and enabled Digest Authentication, and removed the default Authorization Rule and added an Allow for mydomain\testgroup, all from the IIS Manager.

The directory structure is:

c:\inetpub\wwwroot\test1
------------------- page1.html
------------------- page2.html
------------------- web.config

And the contents of the web.config:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<configuration>
    <system.webServer>
        <security>
            <authorization>
                <remove users="*" roles="" verbs="" />
                <add accessType="Allow" roles="mydomain\testgroup" />
            </authorization>
        </security>
    </system.webServer>
</configuration>

UPDATE: If I toggle the Authentication method from Digest to Basic, everything works as it should and I can navigate between the pages in the application. Why is Digest causing it to ask for credentials each page change?

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  • Hopefully because Digest authentication is disabled in the operating system. Digest authentication is a terrible security practice due to it stores plain text credentials in memory. This should never be used.
    – Greg Askew
    Apr 13 '16 at 17:43
  • "I'm able to authenticate". So Digest must be enabled. I trust my server's memory more than I trust the unknown networks that are used to access the server, so Digest is highly preferable over Basic auth. Apr 13 '16 at 17:47

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