Vittorio Bertocci

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  • Blog Post: Windows Identity Foundation RTM!

    Hello from PDC09 Day 1 keynote! It is my pleasure to let you know that Bob Muglia just announced the general availability of Windows Identity Foundation . Get it while it’s hot ! Almost exactly 2 years ago I had the honor of giving the first sneak-peak of what at the time we called the ADFS “2” project...
  • Blog Post: The Id Element Special: up close & personal with WIF RC

    The Federated Identity team finally unwrapped the RC version of Windows Identity Foundation: as you have come to expect, the Id Element did some fact gathering for you . Enjoy! The release candidate of Windows Identity Foundation is here! Chock-full of improvements driven by YOUR feedback, WIF...
  • Blog Post: WIF on .NET Rocks!

    Last Saturday I had the pleasure to spend 1 hour at the phone with Carl & Franklin from .NET Rocks : you can listen to the results here . We mainly chatted about why claims are good for you: while the first parts are mostly introductory content, we quickly find ourselves discussing advanced topics...
  • Blog Post: The Id Element: Jorgen Thelin on the Microsoft Federation Gateway (MFG)

    After a long pause, the Id Element returns with a bang : yesterday I sneaked in Jorgen Thelin ’s office, and he was so kind to spend some time with us discussing the Microsoft Federation Gateway . The MFG is absolutely central to Microsoft’s services offerings: this interview will help you understand...
  • Blog Post: Books: “Programming Windows Identity Foundation”, P&P claims guide & others

      Want to know why I spent one hour every day of my vacation practicing touch typing? Well, apart from the fact that it’s simply scandalous that after 20+ years spent on keyboards I still hunt & peck: in the next few months I’m going to need all the typing speed I can gather… I am signed up...
  • Blog Post: Identity @ Tech.Ed Australia & New Zealand

    Ah nice. Sunday night, 1:00am and I am still perfectly awake… the usual jet lag after vacation (3 hours for actual time zone difference, + 3 hours because in vacation I like to “recuperate” the lost sleep during the year ;-)). I am not brave enough to open the email yet, who knows what’s awaiting...
  • Blog Post: A Guide for Enabling Federated Authentication on Windows Azure WebRoles… using Windows identity Foundation

    UPDATE : the guide here has long been superceded by hands-on labs (specifically this one ) and whitepapers on the topic. Please use those instead. ========================================== Federating with customer and partners, SSO using existing company identities, authentication externalization...
  • Blog Post: DeepZoom & Identity Storytelling

    Call them chalk talks, call them interactive sessions, I love that kind of sessions. You can pull it off only if you have a small audience (or at least if the assertive elements are a manageable number), but they’re the most effective. The interesting/challenging thing about those is that you never...
  • Blog Post: Bye Geneva Framework, hello Windows Identity Foundation

    The official name of the “geneva” framework is Windows Identity Foundation . I already wrote a post about name changes for the entire Geneva lineup , but I think it’s important to surface the introduction of Windows Identity Foundation directly in its own title so that it stands out in the aggregated...
  • Blog Post: The “Geneva” suite of products get official names

    It’s been a good ride: in all these months I developed some emotional attachment to the code name “geneva”, and like with “indigo” it will take some time for me to get used to the official names. At the same time I am excited to see that the official names are the right ones! Let’s see what changed into...
  • Blog Post: [VIDEO] Identity & Cloud Services

      As promised last week , here there’s the video of my other session at the Belgian TechDays . This session was part of the Architecture track, hence I took a mildly different, more abstract approach: I position Cloud computing as a trend (storytelling the famous parallel between last century’s...
  • Blog Post: I made you a token… but I eated it: or how to debug authentication issues in ASP.NET with SecurityTokenVisualizerControl

    (in case Internet memes are not your thing: before you flame me for poor grammar, know that the “I eated it” is intentional: see http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/01/15/i-made-you-a-cookie/ ) Another week, another sample ASP.NET control for identity ! There are moments in the development of claims-based...
  • Blog Post: [VIDEO] Putting authentication in its place: claim-based identity, services and Geneva

      Few months ago I had the pleasure to spend few days in Antwerp, Belgium, where I participated to the local TechDays event and gave a couple of sessions . Katrien recently announced that the Belgian DPE team just published the videos of all the sessions , which is a great move since the event was...
  • Blog Post: Use claims for driving your web UI… without even *seeing* a line of code

    Claims based identity takes away the complexity from the plate of the application developer, and simplifies the life of the architects, security developers and administrators we maintain the broth in which the application is immersed. While pretty much everybody can understand (& appreciate) the...
  • Blog Post: Announcing FabrikamShipping, in-depth semi-realistic sample for Geneva Framework

    Do you remember the PDC session in which Kim announced all the new wave of identity products, including Geneva? During that session I showed a pretty comprehensive demo, where  all the products & services worked together for enabling a fairly realistic end-to-end scenario. You have seen demos...
  • Blog Post: More details about the Identity Developer Training Kit

    After the packed schedule at EIC in Munich , and the frantic beta2 launch activities at teched this week , I have few relatively quiet hours in my office in Redmond before setting sails to the IIW this Sunday. While the eye of the storm lasts, I wanted to spend few more words on detailing what we have...
  • Blog Post: Geneva Beta 2 Week on the Id Element show

    In less than a month of availability, the Id Element show on Channel 9 enjoyed more than 86,000 views: considering that Identity has been traditionally considered a niche subject, those are impressive numbers which demonstrate a healthy interest from you guys. THANK YOU :-) Now that beta 2 is out, we...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Identity Developer Training Kit

    If you were wondering what kept me up in the evenings of the last few months, wonder no more :-) The Identity Developer Training Kit is a set of hands-on labs and resources designed to help developers to take advantage of Microsoft’s identity products and services. Being designed for developers, the...
  • Blog Post: Geneva Beta 2 is out!

    Ahh, *FINALLY* I can talk about it! Few minutes ago we announced from the Forefront blog the availability of the beta 2 release of the “Geneva” products : “Geneva” Framework, “Geneva” Server and Windows CardSpace “Geneva” . The new beta introduces new features, such as the seamless integration...
  • Blog Post: Enhance your ASP.NET Membership-based website by adding Identity Provider capabilities

    I can’t tell you how happy I am to finally have something like the Geneva Framework available. With something that takes care of all the nitty-gritty details of the underlying protocol legwork, I am finally free to describe the advantages of the claims based approach in very concrete terms: and above...
  • Blog Post: The Id Element weekly: Hervey Wilson on past, present & future of the Geneva Framework

    Last Thursday we launched The Id Element, our new Channel9 show about all things Identity: we are amazed by the views we got in such short time (over 14K for the 2 videos combined already!), and we hope we’ll deserve your trust by delivering quality content on your favorite subject. Thank you!!! Today...
  • Blog Post: The Id Element: a new Channel9 show all about Identity

    Identity finally has its very own home on Channel9 : today we are launching a new show and a new topic area, both under the title “ The Id Element ”. As the introductory page recites: Welcome to The Id Element , your one-stop shop for all things identity on Channel9! In this page you will find all kinds...
  • Blog Post: European Identity Conference 2009

    This year I finally have a chance of attending the European Identity Conference in Munich. I would have been already delighted to go there just as attendee, the lineup of speakers is phenomenal and the chances of good networking appear really promising. However I had the honor of receiving an invitation...
  • Blog Post: Claims and Cloud: Pardon our Dust

      Developing secure applications and providing a hosting service often provide seemingly contrasting requirements. In order to secure communications you take advantage of protected resources, such as private keys; but when you offer a hosting service for multiple tenants, you abstract away the access...
  • Blog Post: Fun With Federation 1: ASP.NET, Geneva Framework & FedUtil.exe

    I won’t make names, of course, but somebody in the Identirati community often insinuates that Vittorio is card-centric :-). Now, while I’ll admit that I do have a personal preference for the active case , I definitely refuse the notion that I’m just about cards: and just to make a point, I’ll write few...
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