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Authenticate Users with Microsoft Dynamics CRM Web Services

[Applies to: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011]

Microsoft Dynamics CRM supports two security models for authentication: claims-based authentication and Active Directory authentication. The type of authentication used depends on the type of deployment your application is accessing: Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online or Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011.

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If your organization has been updated to Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall ’13, please use the latest version of the SDK. Download the updated SDK package for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2013 and CRM Online Fall ‘13.

In addition to using the correct security model, applications must establish a communication channel with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Web services on the target deployment. The Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK run-time assemblies use Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) technology to establish this communication channel.

The Microsoft Dynamics CRM SDK simplifies use of WCF technology and claims-based authentication by providing helper proxy classes that make it easy to write applications that connect to and authenticate with the Microsoft Dynamics CRM Web services. By using these helper classes in your application, you can access any Microsoft Dynamics CRM deployment using the same code and you do not have to become an expert in claims-based security or WCF programming.

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