Encrypting a file variable from the web.config

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14 Feb, 2018 12:21 AM

I have the below web.config I have passwords in. When I try to encrypt this variable I am getting an assembly reference error. Is their a way to encrypt that password so it is not in plain text with another template or way I'm missing?

    <user name="externalApp" password="#{externalpassword}" roles="ExternalApplication" />

  1. Support Staff 1 Posted by Kenneth Bates on 15 Feb, 2018 01:24 AM

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    Thanks for getting in touch! You can define your variables as sensitive whose values Octopus will encrypt using AES128 encryption. You can refer to additional information on sensitive variables in our documentation.

    You can then use the substitute variables in files feature as usual to substitute these sensitive variable values into your config file.

    Would this meet your requirements? Let me know what you think and if you have any further questions. :)

    Kind regards,


  2. 2 Posted by jsphillips on 15 Feb, 2018 02:11 PM

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    No but that’s okay. I had my development team move the users element under app settings so it would encrypt it naturally with the proper step. Thanks for the help on this regardless. This can be closed. Octopus kicks ass. Thanks!.

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