I have a custom section in my web.config I need to encrypt. This custom config section uses the configSource attribute to point at a separate config file (as this file is not to be source controlled) and I'd like for this separate config file to be encrypted. I'm not having any luck using aspnet_regiis.exe to encrypt this section.

Is what I'm trying to achieve possible?

My web.config:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<configuration>
    <configSections>
        <section name="protectedAppSettings" type="System.Configuration.NameValueSectionHandler, System,Version=4.0.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b77a5c561934e089" />       
    </configSections>       
    <protectedAppSettings configSource="config\EnvironmentConfigurations\ProtectedAppSettings.config" />
  </configuration>

My custom configuration file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<protectedAppSettings>  
  <add key="XXX" value="xxx"/>
</protectedAppSettings>

I've added aspnet_regiis to my path so I can call it from the root directory of my site. This is the command I'm executing:

aspnet_regiis -pef protectedAppSettings ""

The output I get from this command tells me that encrypting was successful

I've found this link that says that it should just work but it doesn't for me..

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