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Active Directory Federation Services 2.0, Windows Identity Foundation & Windows CardSpace comprise an identity & access solution to help developers and IT professionals simplify access to applications and other systems with an open claims-based model. Windows Identity Foundation helps simplify user access for developers by externalizing user access from applications via claims and reducing development effort with pre-built security logic and integrated .NET tools. Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 helps IT efficiently deploy and manage new applications by reducing custom implementation work, helping establish a consistent security model, and facilitating seamless collaboration between organizations with automated federation tools. Users can benefit from help navigating logins and controlling information sharing, using Windows CardSpace 2.0. The platform includes built-in interoperability via open industry standards and claims, and implements the industry Identity Metasystem vision for open and interoperable identity.
Microsoft’s identity and access solution includes:

  • Windows Identity Foundation for .NET developers,
  • Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 for IT Pros, and
  • Windows CardSpace 2.0 for users.

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Datasheet - Updated for Beta 2
Whitepaper: Claims Based Access Platform
Learn about Microsoft’s claims-based identity and access solution. Read about Windows Identity Foundation, Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 and Windows CardSpace, and how they work together to help solve application access problems with a single simplified access model. Understand how claims can be used across a wide variety of scenarios including enterprise, federation and Web. In this paper new concepts and terminology are introduced to help architects, developers and IT professionals understand the benefits and concepts behind the claims-based model of identity. A background in developing, deploying or managing web applications and services that entail user authentication is expected. By David Chappell
Whitepaper: Windows Identity Foundation - Updated for WIF RTW
Get started building claims-aware applications using Windows Identity Foundation. In this paper concepts and terminology are introduced to help developers understand the benefits and concepts behind the claims-based model of identity. Security expertise is not required but familiarity with ASP.NET or WCF programming is. A background in building web applications or services that care about authentication and authorization is expected. As such, the focus of the paper is on building relying parties using the framework. By Keith Brown
Whitepaper: Windows Identity Foundation - Changes between Beta 2 and RTW
Get an overview of what are the new features added in release candidate (RC) of Windows Identity Foundation. For users of Windows Identity Foundation Beta-2 this document is a great resource that highlights the changes happened to the features existed in Beta-2. By Keith Brown & Sesha Mani

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