Announcing July 2011 update to Access Control Service 2.0

Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service (ACS) 2.0 received a service update. All customers with ACS 2.0 namespaces automatically received this update, which primarily contained bug fixes in addition to a few new features and service changes: Localization in eleven languages The ACS management portal is now available in 11 languages. Newly-supported languages include Japanese,…


Announcing the WIF Extension for SAML 2.0 Protocol Community Technology Preview!

It is our pleasure to announce the availability of the first CTP release of the WIF (Windows Identity Foundation) Extension for the SAML 2.0 Protocol ! We heard your feedback about the necessity to have support for the SAML 2.0 protocol in WIF. Today, we announce an extension to WIF that delivers on that feedback….


AD FS 2.0 Content Map is published

We have published an AD FS 2.0 content map wiki page which is intended to act as a content map for all members of the AD FS 2.0 community. This is an on-going effort. Members of the AD FS product team will monitor this article on a regular basis and will post new links as they…


Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service released!

We are very happy to announce the general availability of the April release of Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service!   The new version of the Access Control Service includes all the great capabilities and enhancements that have been available in the Labs release of the service for several months. Now you can start using these…


AD FS 2.0 Step-by-Step Guide: Federation with IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager

We have published a step-by-step guide on how to configure AD FS 2.0 and IBM Tivoli Federated Identity Manager to federate using the SAML 2.0 protocol. You can view the guide as a web page and soon also in Word and PDF formats. This is the fifth in a series of these guides; the guides…


Beyond Windows CardSpace

For several years Microsoft has advocated the claims based identity model for more secure access and use of online applications and services. With enhancements to our existing platform, such as Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 and Windows Identity Foundation, we’ve made progress in that initiative.  Claims-based identity is used widely inside Microsoft and is now…


Single Sign-On to Windows Azure using WIF and ADFS whitepaper now available

We have published a whitepaper on how to enable Single Sign-On to Windows Azure using WIF and ADFS.   Here is the abstract: This paper contains step-by-step instructions for using Windows® Identity Foundation, Windows Azure, and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0 for achieving SSO across web applications that are deployed both on premises…