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Active Directory Federation Services

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) simplifies access to systems and applications using a claims-based access (CBA) authorization mechanism to maintain application security. AD FS supports Web single-sign-on (SSO) technologies that help information technology (IT) organizations collaborate across organizational boundaries. AD FS 2.0 is a downloadable Windows Server 2008 update that is the successor to AD FS 1.0, which was first delivered in Windows Server 2003 R2, and AD FS 1.1, which was made available as a server role in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Previous versions of AD FS are referred to collectively as AD FS 1.x.

Featured Resources

  • What's New in AD FS in Windows Server 2012
    This overview covers what is new and changed in AD FS with the introduction of Windows Server 2012.
  • Download AD FS 2.0 Evaluation
    AD FS 2.0 is now available to the public. AD FS 2.0 includes built-in interoperability via open industry standards and claims enabling easily connectable applications and minimizing application code changes.
  • AD FS 2.0 Administration: Windows PowerShell
    AD FS 2.0 is a component of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 that supports identity federation and Web single sign-on (SSO) for Web-browser-based applications.
  • AD FS 2.0 Monitoring Management Pack
    The AD FS 2.0 Monitoring Management Pack provides both proactive and reactive monitoring of your AD FS 2.0 deployment for both the federation server and the federation server proxy roles.