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    In Part 1 ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2011/07/28/using-claims-with-wcf-data-services-part-1.aspx ) I described how you can use the WCF Data Services lesser known feature called a ServiceOperation to create a traditional middleware style REST endpoint, with custom code behind it in which...
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  • Blog Post: Adding Support for Multiple SharePoint 2010 Farms and the CASI Kit in Your WCF

    Someone raised an interesting question the other day about the ability of a WCF application, that's configured as described in Eric White's blog ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ericwhite/archive/2010/06/18/establishing-trust-between-a-wcf-web-service-and-the-sharepoint-2010-security-token-service.aspx ) and...
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    This post is most useful when used as a companion to my five-part series on the CASI (Claims, Azure and SharePoint Integration) Kit. · Part 1 : an introductory overview of the entire framework and solution and described what the series is going to try and cover. · Part 2 : the guidance...
  • Blog Post: The Claims, Azure and SharePoint Integration Toolkit Part 1

    This is the first in a series of blog posts that I’m actually pretty excited about and I hope when all is said and done you will be too. I’ve been working the last couple of months on a new framework for connecting SharePoint and Windows Azure together, and also incorporating claims identity...
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    I just wanted to pass on a couple of tips for Azure development that I've recently found to be helpful. The first is around connection strings. When you use a connection string, you typically store it in the project properties. The labs usually demonstrate reading the connection strings with something...
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    Okay, I’m going to preface everything in this post by saying what I’m going to be describing is not what you would consider the most secure SharePoint web application in the world. If you are working with sensitive content then this is probably (but not absolutely) NOT the best solution for...
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    In Part 1 of this series, I briefly outlined the goals for this project, which at a high level is to use Windows Azure table storage as a data store for a SharePoint custom claims provider. The claims provider is going to use the CASI Kit to retrieve the data it needs from Windows Azure in order to provide...
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    In the first post in this series ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2011/05/05/federated-saml-authentication-with-sharepoint-2010-and-azure-access-control-service-part-1.aspx ) I described how to configure SharePoint to establish a trust directly with the Azure Access Control (ACS) service...
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    In Part 1 of this series, I briefly outlined the goals for this project, which at a high level is to use Windows Azure table storage as a data store for a SharePoint custom claims provider. The claims provider is going to use the CASI Kit to retrieve the data it needs from Windows Azure in order to provide...
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    This is part 3 of a 5 part series on the CASI (Claims, Azure and SharePoint Integration) Kit. · Part 1 : an introductory overview of the entire framework and solution and described what the series is going to try and cover. · Part 2 : the guidance part of the CASI Kit. It starts with...
  • Blog Post: Using WireShark to Trace Your SharePoint 2010 to Azure WCF Calls over SSL

    One of the interesting challenges when trying to troubleshoot remotely connected systems is figuring out what they're saying to each other. The CASI Kit that I've posted about other times on this blog ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2010/11/06/the-claims-azure-and-sharepoint-integration...
  • Blog Post: The CASI Kit Announcement from SharePoint Conference

    Just wanted to update folks with the announcement made at the SharePoint Conference yesterday regarding the CASI Kit. I have decided to release everything for it - full source code to the base class, the web part, and all of the sample projects - up to CodePlex. If you go to casikit.codeplex.com now...
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  • Blog Post: Major Announcement for CASI Kit Coming at SharePoint Conference 2011

    Hi folks, I just wanted to let you know that I will be making a major announcement for the CASI Kit at next week's SharePoint Conference 2011. If you are down there come by session SPC 412 - SharePoint, Azure and Claims Integration for Developers on Wednesday at 3:15PM to catch the news. For those of...
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    Hi all, it’s been a while since I’ve added new content about SAML claims, so I decided to come back around and write some more about it in a way that links together some of my favorite topics – SharePoint, SAML, custom claims providers, the CASI Kit and Azure. This is the first part...
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    This is part 5 of a 5 part series on the CASI (Claims, Azure and SharePoint Integration) Kit. · Part 1 : an introductory overview of the entire framework and solution and described what the series is going to try and cover. · Part 2 : the guidance part of the CASI Kit. It starts with...
  • Blog Post: The Claims, Azure and SharePoint Integration Toolkit Part 2

    This is part 2 of a 5 part series on the CASI (Claims, Azure and SharePoint Integration) Kit. · Part 1 : an introductory overview of the entire framework and solution and described what the series is going to try and cover. · Part 2 : the guidance part of the CASI Kit. It starts with...
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    In my posting on using SharePoint up in Azure IaaS services ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/speschka/archive/2012/06/17/creating-an-azure-persistent-vm-for-an-isolated-sharepoint-farm.aspx ), one of my friends – Mike Taghizadeh, who demands that he be mentioned :-) – noticed that I didn’t...
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    I was asked recently if you could use the claims information for a user in conjunction with WCF Data Services (also known as oData). The answer is a qualified "yes", but it probably needs some explanation. In Visual Studio 2010 you can create a WCF Data Services application, that is very much like...
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    I wanted to document this error here because I recently went nearly blind trying to solve it, and I never did find the exact cause when Bing'ing for it. Unfortunately it's a pretty generic error so it may very well have been out there, but it seems there are several reasons for it. In my case I created...