Click-by-Click Video: Using on-premise Active Directory to authenticate to a Windows Azure App

This video is a click-by-click, line-by-line screen-cam of how to authenticate using an on-premise Active Directory with a Windows Azure application. It uses Active Directory Federation Services V2.0 (ADFS 2.0) and Windows Azure’s App Fab Access Control Service V2 (App Fab ACS V2 – which was released on April 11th 2011) to achieve this. You…

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Online Talk: Security integration with the cloud using Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). 22-March at 14:00 GMT (07:00 PST)

I’ll be covering how to set up ADFS 2.0 for authenticating to Windows Azure apps and Office 365. The talk is basically in 2 sections – integration with Windows Azure and integration with Office 365. So it’ll go: ADFS ==> App Fab ACS ==> Azure App. ADFS ==> MFG ==> Office 365. I’ll talk about…

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Office 365 federated access for home workers

If you are a home worker, sat on the Internet outside of your corporate network (VPNs excepted), it’s very likely your organisation’s ADFS 2.0 server will be sat behind a mass of firewall technology that prevents you from accessing it. So how do you get access to a federated Office 365 domain? Enter stage left:…

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Video: How Windows Azure App Fab:ACS and ADFS 2.0 work together

This is a short video that describes how an on-prem ADFS 2.0  server, Windows Azure App Fab: ACS (Access Control Service), an AD Domain Controller and a WIF (Windows Identity Foundation) based app running on Windows Azure communicate with each other. It details the protocol and the data flows and what happens with the tokens…

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HowTo: Stop temporary contractors from accessing the cloud while giving full access to full-timers

The nervousness of finance sector and public sector customers regarding the deployment of cloud-based applications continues. It appears a lot of this nervousness comes from the opportunities for espionage, subterfuge and other bad-things… I’ve had conversations with a number of customers now who have expressed an interest in federating certain applications in the cloud but…

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