Microsoft Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 (AD FS) enables two or more organizations to share in the management of digital identities based on trusted business relationships to facilitate collaboration, reduce cost, and improve security. Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 helps IT enable users to collaborate across organizational boundaries and easily access applications on-premise and in the cloud, while maintaining application security.
AD FS 2.0 is a role in Windows Server that simplifies access and single sign-on to both on-premises and cloud-based applications. Using “claims-based” identity technology, it helps enable secure business collaboration and productivity within the enterprise, across organizations, and on the Web.
Some of the top scenarios AD FS 2.0 will support are:
- Collaboration with Office documents and SharePoint across companies with single sign-on access.
- Single sign-on access to hosted/cloud services, extended from on-premises Active Directory to Microsoft (or other) cloud services.
- Implementation of access security and management policies to many different applications with varied security requirements.
Overall, AD FS 2.0 will help you streamline user access management with a simpler, unified approach and native single sign-on. It builds on Active Directory and interoperates with other directories via WS* and SAML support, too.
You can get AD FS 2.0 at Federation Services.
For more information and links to help you get started, check-out this blog post.