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  • Blog Post: Major update to ACS now available

    Today I’m excited to announce a major update to ACS. It’s available in our labs environment: . Keep in mind that there is no SLA around this release, but accounts and usage of the service are free while it is in the labs environment. This release includes many of the features...
  • Blog Post: Mgmt Config sample for WLID / Facebook Connect sample

    Now that we have a mgmt tool , I can provide you with a template so you can setup the ACS part of the WLID / Facebook Connect sample with less effort. Here’s the XML configuration: < ServiceNamespace xmlns:xsi ="" xmlns:xsd ="
  • Blog Post: ACS integration with Windows Live ID & Facebook Connect

    I’ve received several requests regarding ACS and Windows Live ID integration for websites. This post describes what you can do with ACS and Windows Live ID today (with the new release of ACS). It takes a bit of code, but the integration is pretty straightforward. Note that this code isn’t hardened and...
  • Blog Post: ACS SAML / ADFS v2 Sample

    The November 2009 CTP of ACS integrates with Active Directory Federation Server v2. ACS can act as a bridge between enterprise identity and REST web services. The runtime flow is pretty simple (shown below). At runtime, the client app requests a SAML bearer token from AD FS v2. The easiest way to do...
  • Blog Post: Management Browser uploaded

    Since releasing the new version of ACS on Nov 5, we’ve received quite a bit of feedback that we should provide a UI for managing ACS rules/scopes/issuers/token policies. In response, Cyrus put together a little WPF app that does the trick. It’s available on MSDN code gallery here:
  • Blog Post: Web Resource Authorization Protocol (WRAP) and Simple Web Token (SWT) on google groups

    The Access Control Service uses a new community protocol and format that are now posted on google groups: Check em out. If you are a security geek, it’s worth the read.
  • Blog Post: Access Control Service and ADFS v2 demo

    In my last post I outlined the changes that were coming in the Access Control Service. Since that post, I’ve received many questions about how ACS will integrate with ADFS v2. Below is a link to a simple demo I put together to highlight this very cool integration point (video on Channel 9). http:...
  • Blog Post: Access Control Service – Roadmap for PDC and Beyond

    We are in the process of making some key design changes to the Access Control Service (ACS) for our PDC release this fall. I think these changes will bring tremendous benefits to ACS customers in the near-term, but the changes break all ACS-related code that exists today. This post summarizes the planned...
  • Blog Post: Mix 09 Deck

    For some reason the slide deck I presented at Mix didn’t show up on the Mix 09 website. If you are interested in the deck, see the link below.
  • Blog Post: Interesting article on Azure Services

    Today I caught up on some press material on Azure Services. For those that haven’t seen it, the picture version of Azure Services is below: One article published in late February popped out at me: . Among other things, this article brings good questions regarding...
  • Blog Post: Federated website sample

    The Geneva Framework FAM is the simplest way to experience ACS and ASP.NET. My friends in platform evangelism wrote a cool app that uses ACS, LiveID, and the Geneva Framework. It's called issuetracker, and I recommend checking it out:
  • Blog Post: Access Control Service - Common Interaction Model

    In my previous post I described at a high level a simple scenario that leverages the Access Control Service. Now I'd like to describe the interactions between messaging participants and the .NET Access Control Service. Recall the scenario: a multi-tenant payroll application is running in the cloud -...
  • Blog Post: Access Control Service - A Simple Scenario

    To the already initiated claims disciples, the Access Control Service is a multi-tenant Resource STS. The behavior of each STS is determined by simple rules - the rules control how each STS transforms claims . To those not already initiated in the claims methodology, the previous definition may seem...
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