What's New in AD FS in Windows Server 2008

Updated: April 25, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

You can use Active Directory® Federation Services (AD FS) to create a highly extensible, Internet-scalable, and secure identity access solution that can operate across multiple platforms, including both Windows and non-Windows environments. This topic provides an overview of the improvements in AD FS. For details about the improvements, see Active Directory Federation Services Role.

For Windows Server® 2008, AD FS includes new functionality that was not available in Windows Server 2003 R2. This new functionality is designed to ease administrative overhead and to further extend support for key applications:

  • Improved installation: AD FS is included in Windows Server 2008 as a server role, and there are new server validation checks in the installation wizard.

  • Improved application support: AD FS is more tightly integrated with Microsoft Office SharePoint® Server 2007 and Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).

  • A better administrative experience when you establish federated trusts: Improved trust policy import and export functionality helps to minimize partner-based configuration issues that are commonly associated with federated trust establishment.

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