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In this video, we will discuss about the asp.net session state mode - SQLServer. Asp.net session state mode can have any of the following 4 values. Asp.net session state mode is set in web.config file.
1. Off - Disables session state for the entire application.
2. InProc - Discussed in Part 64
3. StateServer - Discussed in Part 65
4. SQLServer - Will be discussed in this session.
5. Custom - Enables you to build your own Session State provider. For example, Oracle.
When the session state mode is set to SQLServer, the session state variables are stored in a SQLServer database.
Steps to follow, to configure asp.net web application to use SQLServer:
1. Create the ASPState database using aspnet_regsql.exe tool. There are several versions of this tool. I am running .NET version 4.0, on a 64 bit operating system. So I will use the version that is present in C:\Windows\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319.
2. Set the Session state modeSQLServer and sqlConnectionString
Advantages of using SQLServer session state mode:
1. SQLServer is the most reliable option. Survives worker process recycling and SQL Server restarts.
2. Can be used with web farms and web gardens.
3. More scalable than State server and InProc session state modes.
Dis-advantages of using StateServer session state mode:
1. Slower than StateServer and InProc session state modes
2. Complex objects, need to be serialized and deserialized