User accounts made easy with Azure

One of the most common requirements for web applications is for users create accounts for the purpose of access control and personalization. While ASP.NET templates have always made it easy to create an application that uses a database you control to register and track user accounts, that introduces other complications over the long term. As… Read more

JWT Validation and Authorization in ASP.NET Core

This post was written and submitted by Michael Rousos In several previous posts, I discussed a customer scenario I ran into recently that required issuing bearer tokens from an ASP.NET Core authentication server and then validating those tokens in a separate ASP.NET Core web service which may not have access to the authentication server. The… Read more

ASP.NET Core Authentication with IdentityServer4

This is a guest post by Mike Rousos In my post on bearer token authentication in ASP.NET Core, I mentioned that there are a couple good third-party libraries for issuing JWT bearer tokens in .NET Core. In that post, I used OpenIddict to demonstrate how end-to-end token issuance can work in an ASP.NET Core application…. Read more

Open sourcing and releasing ASP.NET Identity 2.2.0

We are releasing the final version of ASP.NET Identity 2.2. The main focus in this release was to fix bugs and address performance issues. Open source We have also made the source code publicly available on and will be taking contributions to the project. Check out the project home page for more details. Note:… Read more

Announcing RTM of ASP.NET Identity 2.1.0

We are releasing RTM of ASP.NET Identity 2.1.0. The main focus in this release was to fix bugs and add SignInManager to make it easier to use security features such as Account Lockout, Two-Factor Authentication for login. ASP.NET Identity 2.1 is included in the ASP.NET templates which were released with VS 2013 Update 3. The… Read more

Improvements to ASP.NET Web Forms

The Visual Studio team released Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 RTM. As part of this update we have added new features for ASP.NET Web Forms. This post will highlight some of the improvements done in ASP.NET Web Forms which are part of this release and some changes that we are working on. ASP.NET Identity 2.0… Read more