Workflow Foundation (WF 4.5) – Designer Improvements

.NET 4.5 has introduced some great new features to improve the usability of the Workflow designer. If you’re rehosting the designer outside of Visual Studio then you can take advantage of most of these features very easily which is what I have done with Workflow Studio. If you’ve read my previous post you’ll know that…


Azure Access Control Services: Creating a Custom Identity Provider

Azure Access Control Services (ACS) allows you to secure an application (i.e. Relying Party, RP), by federating to a variety of Identity Providers (IdPs). Once you set your Relying Party application to use federated security with Azure ACS, you can chose combinations of Facebook, Windows Live ID, Google and Yahoo to secure your application. You can…


SAML 2.0 tokens and WIF – bridging the divide

Background We all know the following limitations about Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) and passive (browser) federation protocols, right? WIF does not support SAML2.0 protocol (SAML2P) There is a WIF extension out there to support SAML2P but it is a technology preview WIF does support SAML2.0 (SAML2) tokens WS-Federation conveys SAML1.1 tokens Therefore, unless you use…