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, German, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese.  Users can choose their desired language from the language chooser in the upper-right corner of the portal.

Rules now support up to two input claims

The ACS 2.0 rules engine now supports a new type of rule that allows up to two input claims to be configured, instead of only one input claim. Rules with two input claims can be used to reduce the overall number of rules required to perform complex user authorization functions. For more information on rules with two input claims, see

Encoding is now UTF-8 for all OAuth 2.0 responses

In the initial release of ACS 2.0, the character encoding set for all HTTP responses from the OAuth 2.0 endpoint was US-ASCII. In the July 2011 update, the character encoding of HTTP responses is now set to UTF-8 to support extended character sets.

Quotas Removed

The previous quotas on configuration data have been removed in this update. This includes removal of all limitations on the number of identity providers, relying party applications, rule groups, rules, service identities, claim types, delegation records, issuers, keys, and addresses that can be created in a given ACS namespace.

Please use the following resources to learn more about this release:

For any questions or feedback please visit the Security for the Windows Azure Platform forum.

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The Access Control Service Product Team

Comments (3)

  1. accesscontrol66 says:

    An access control system provides a high level of safety in your homes and offices. An access control system maintains the restricted areas protected from intruders and permit access only to authorized personnel. An access control system detects even the input of staff time. To protect and safeguard the people, documents and equipment of a specific facility.

    An access control system is very functional in buildings with multiple APs. Inputs and outputs through these doors are controlled by the access control system using different types of security devices. The most common is that the panel numbered buttons or a touch screen connected to the lock and let the system function of the door. A specific PIN code is entered by the employee and validated by the access control system.

    The second device employed by the access control system is the Magstripe Reader, which is called the swipe card reader. The employee was issued a coded card; he or she will sweep the door lock off. Often, the encoded card also serves as his employee.

    Access control systems also use Proximity readers and Long Range Readers. These sensors can detect a coded card without the need for sweeping. The former detects the card at a short distance of about 100 millimeters, while the latter may feel a ticket at a distance of about 1 meter. As fast and non-contact methods of entry, these designed to meet the Disability Discrimination Act.

  2. Hi,

    I'm trying to work through the Windows Identity Training Kit labs and a number of them need to use…/federationmetadata.xml

    This site has been down for over a week now. When I browse to it I get a 502 (bad gateway) error.

    Could someone get it back on line please?



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