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I'm Mike Pope. I live in the Seattle area. I've been a technical writer and editor for over 30 years. I'm interested in software, language, music, movies, books, motorcycles, travel, and ... well, lots of stuff.

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I am so convinced of the advantages of looking at mankind instead of reading about them, and of the bitter effects of staying at home with all the narrow prejudices of an Islander, that I think there should be a law amongst us to set our young men abroad for a term among the few allies our wars have left us.

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First entry - 6/27/2003
Most recent entry - 12/9/2018

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  10:23 PM

If you use membership in ASP.NET Web Pages, you might get the error To call this method, the "Membership.Provider" property must be an instance of "ExtendedMembershipProvider":


I happened to run across this while playing around with the new OAuth login capabilities in the beta version of Web Pages 2, but you might see it under other conditions as well.

Per one of our testers, this can indicate that the server has no AspNetSqlMembershipProvider configured. (A clue here is that everything works great when you test locally, but then throws an error when you deploy to your hosting provider.)

In my case, I fixed this by adding the following to the site's local Web.config file:

<appSettings>
<add key="enableSimpleMembership" value="true" />
</appSettings>
This is a child of the <configuration> element and a peer of the <system.web> element.

Anyway, that worked for me. I'm curious if others have seen this error and if so, how they fixed it.

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