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Office 365 review - Part 3: Authentication and Federated Identity

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#1 Michael Pietroforte

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Posted 01 August 2011 - 01:50 PM

In this third part of eight in our series on Office 365 we’ll cover user accounts and how you can integrate Office 365 with Active Directory, how the Dirsync tool is used and how to enable Single Sign On through Active Directory Federation Services 2.0.

There are three flavours of user authentication in O365: Microsoft Online credentials separate to on premise accounts, Directory Synced (Dirsync) accounts which requires Active Directory (AD) but which still keeps separate password policies or Rich Coexistence which needs AD; Dirsync and AD Federation Services 2.0 (ADFS).

Authentication and user accounts
The first flavour is eminently suited to small businesses; there’s no correlation between the on premises login and the login for cloud services. Note that the BPOS sign in client isn’t available for O365 so users simply enter their password in the individual applications that connect to O365 (Outlook, Lync etc.). This will also work very well for really small businesses that don’t have on premises AD as they’ll only need to maintain the O365 user accounts.

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