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Enhancing Federation Services for Internal and External Partners

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Executive Summary

Microsoft IT provides user authentication and authorization through AD FS federation trusts with over 300 applications hosted by internal and external partners. Limitations with AD FS 1.0 made it difficult for Microsoft IT to keep up with the demand for new federations and provide the level and depth of service needed by internal and external partners. Through the deployment of AD FS 2.0 and the migration of existing AD FS 1.0 federations, Microsoft IT implemented a complete federation service offering that provides a much richer experience for internal and external partners. By leveraging new features in AD FS 2.0, Microsoft IT transitioned their niche offering to a mainstream enterprise service able to support mission-critical applications running on a variety of systems.

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