Using AAL to Secure Calls to a Classic WCF Service

[you do remember that this is my personal blog and those are my own opinions, right? ;-)] After the releases we’ve been publishing in the last few months, I am sure you have little doubt that REST is something we are really interested in supporting. The directory uses OAuth for all sorts of workloads, the…


Fun with Blink(1) and Claims: Unboxing and Identity Providers’ Synesthesia

[WARNING: this post has no business value whatsoever, and that is by design. Please do not take any of this post as something you’d do in your applications. I got a new toy and I am just goofing around with it :-)] If you’ve been reading this blog through the years, you know I am…


Access Control & Core Directory Available at No Charge

Folks, this is big. Check out the announcement that went out yesterday on the Windows Azure blog. In fact, I am going to quote it here in its entirety! Here goes: Identity Management and Access Control are anchors for virtually all critical processes, collaboration and transactions. To that end, it was no accident that Access…


Using the BootstrapContext property in .NET 4.5

Few minutes ago, while exchanging mails with some colleagues, I suddenly realized that although we gave various heads-ups about the change from BootstrapToken to BootstrapContext  when moving from WIF v1 to the .NET Framework 4.5. we didn’t really provided the details of the new model in a search engine –friendly fashion. We do have sample…


A Refresh of the Windows Azure Authentication Library Developer Preview

Three months ago we released the first developer preview of the Windows Azure Authentication Library. Today we are publishing a refresh of the developer preview, with some important (and at times radical) improvements. We already kind of released this update, albeit in stealth mode, to enable the Windows Azure authentication bits in the ASP.NET Fall…


pattern & practices Symposium 2013

Did you come over here for //BUILD? It was an absolute blast! They even let me out of my cage for few hours, just the time to present a session on the latest news we introduced in Windows Azure Active Directory and spend some quality time with you guys to gather your precious & always…


Provisioning a Windows Azure Active Directory Tenant as an Identity Provider in an ACS Namespace

Thanks to the improvements introduced in the latest refresh of the developer preview of Windows Azure Active Directory, we are finally able to support a scenario you often asked for: provisioning  a Windows Azure Active Directory tenant as an identity provider in an ACS namespace. In this post I am going to describe how to…


Windows Identity Foundation Tools for Visual Studio 2012 RTM

The wait is finally over! This morning we are making available the RTM version of the Identity and Access Tools for Visual Studio 2012. Together with it, we refreshed all the WIF project samples in the code gallery to take advantage of the latest bits. All the descriptions and links to the samples remain the…


Windows Azure AD, Graph API and AAL on the Cloud Cover Show

Hi all! I am briefly emerging from my yearly time off to notify you that my good friends Nick & Nate just published the latest episode of the Cloud Cover show, featuring your furry PM (I waited until the how’s recording to shave my goatee!) chatting with the hosts about all things Windows Azure AD….