Understanding Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) Authentication

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As you move into Office 365 and decide that you would rather use Active Directory to authenticate, as opposed to using a separate username and password (ala Online Identity), you may need to explain this authentication process to other IT Admins and end-users.  The following Microsoft Knowledge Base article does a great job of explaining this process, which will hopefully help you in explaining this to your end-users and admins.  Many times explaining not only how the authentication process works BUT how this can help reduce admin tasks of online user password resets and login management will help move a company from using Online Identities to Active Directory identities, SIGNIFICANTLY reducing this task!

Source:  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2565539

To learn more about the full capabilities of ADFS 2.0 and Office 365 please review the new Office 365 Single Sign-On with AD FS 2.0 whitepaper, which describes in great detail the services, installation, configuration and usage:  http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28971

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