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Authentication clients (Office SharePoint Server)

SharePoint 2007

Updated: July 15, 2008

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

 

Topic Last Modified: 2008-07-01

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Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 contain several new features for authentication and authorization that help to make it easier to develop and deploy solutions.

Authentication is the process of validating a user's identity. After a user's identity is validated, the authorization process determines which sites, content, and other features a user can access.

In Office SharePoint Server 2007, the authentication process is managed by Internet Information Services (IIS). After IIS performs authentication of users, the security features in Office SharePoint Server 2007 perform the authorization process.

There are three types of authentication methods:

  • Windows

  • ASP.NET forms

  • Web Single Sign-On (SSO)

By default, client integration is not available in ASP.NET forms and Web Single Sign-On authentication.

The following table describes integration availability of the client application to Office SharePoint Server 2007 with different authentication methods.

 

Client application Integration with SharePoint by using Windows authentication Integration with SharePoint by using ASP.NET forms authentication Integration with SharePoint by using Web Single Sign-On authentication

2007 Microsoft Office system

Yes

Yes

Yes

Microsoft Office InfoPath 2007

Yes

Yes, only if you open the site in Web browser and log on by using the sign-in automatically option.

Yes

Microsoft Office SharePoint Designer 2007

Yes

Yes, only if you open the site in Web browser and log on by using the sign-in automatically option.

Yes

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