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Managing ADFS Components

Updated: September 13, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2003 R2

Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) has three components:

  • Federation Service: Functions as a security token service and routes authentication requests from external user accounts in partner organizations and clients on the Internet.

  • Federation Service Proxy: Functions as a proxy for the Federation Service in a perimeter network. This component is optional in an ADFS deployment.

  • ADFS Web Agent: Provides authorization (consumes security tokens) and either allows or denies access to two types of Web applications, as follows:

    • Claims-aware applications: Makes authorization decisions based on claims.

    • Windows NT token-based applications: Uses Windows-based authorization mechanisms.

The following objectives are part of managing ADFS components:

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