AAD – Using Managed Service Identity (MSI) with Azure App Service and Azure SQL Database

Managed Identity Service is a useful feature to implement for the cloud applications you plan to develop in Azure. You can use this identity to authenticate to any service that supports Azure AD authentication without having any credentials in your code. The credentials never appear in the code or in the source control. It works by defining a service principal ID attributed to either a system-assigned (Azure Service instance) or a user-assigned (Azure stand-alone resource). The difference between both is that for the system-assigned identity, the service principal ID is available […]

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Azure AD Connect – How to extend your Active Directory Domain to Azure AD ? Part 3 | Federation

What is exactly a federated solution ? It enables applications to redirect to Azure AD for user authentication instead of prompting for its own password. Federated single sign-on is supported for applications that support protocols such as SAML 2.0, WS-Federation, or OpenID Connect, and is the richest mode of single sign-on. It implements an authentication mechanism that can use federated identity. It separates user authentication from the application code, and delegate authentication to a trusted identity provider. This can simplify development and allow users to authenticate using a wider range […]

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Introduction to Windows Hello

Windows Hello Business With Windows 10 only, Hello for Business replaces passwords with strong two-factor authentication on PCs and mobile devices. This authentication consists of a new type of user credential that is tied to a device and uses a biometric or PIN. Windows Hello addresses the following problems with passwords: Strong passwords can be difficult to remember, and users often reuse passwords on multiple sites. Server breaches can expose symmetric network credentials (passwords). Passwords are subject to replay attacks. Users can inadvertently expose their passwords due to phishing attacks. Windows Hello […]

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Azure AD Connect – How to connect your Active Directory Domain to Azure AD ? – Part 2 | Pass-through Authentication

Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) Pass-through Authentication allows your users to sign in to both on-premises and cloud-based applications using the same passwords. This feature provides your users a better experience – one less password to remember, and reduces IT help desk costs because your users are less likely to forget how to sign in. When users sign in using Azure AD, this feature validates users passwords directly against your on-premises Active Directory. The user tries to access an application, for example, Outlook Web App. If the user is not […]

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