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Nov222008

ADFS: SAML tokens and validation issues when Federated with TFIM

This post discuss on Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) tokens, and an issue we’ve run into when federating with Tivoli Federated Identity Manager (TFIM). I’ll discuss what a SAML token is, why it’s important, and what happens when TFIM tries to validate one from ADFS.

As you may know, the Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS) uses SAML tokens to represent claims. These claims about a user are made by the Federation Service Account (FS-A) server. The claims located in the SAML token are what allow the Federation Service Resource (FS-R) server to determine what claims to grant the user in the resource’s domain.

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