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The Access Control Service 2.0 Ships! [Webcasts]

The new version of Access Control Service finally hit RTW stage! Stuart Kwan, Principal Group Program Manager on the Cloud Identity Platform team and recurrent guest on the IdElement, gives a four-minute introduction to the service and touches on the pricing model. For example, did you know that you can use ACS in production free of charge until at least January 2012?

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The Access Control Service 2.0 Ships!:

Justin Smith, Principal Program Manager Lead for the Windows Azure AppFabric Access Control Service, worked on ACS from its very first version. From that vantage point, Justin looks back at the roots of the problem that ACS is meant to solve, retraces the trajectory that the service has been following from its 1.0 version to the new 2.0 release, and touches on some of the most important scenarios it addresses.

Justin Smith on the Release of Access Control Service 2.0:

In this quick interview Caleb Baker examines in details the authentication flow of his solution, from the Silverlight control which wraps most of the ACS integration to the way in which the phone app uses OAuth2 to secure calls to one OData service.

Caleb also worked on improving the way in which errors are handled in federated scenarios, and drove interesting features in ACS which can really help with that: thanks to his explanation here, you’ll be able to use those features in just minutes. Folks, don’t miss this interview!

Caleb Baker on Using ACS in Windows Phone 7 apps and ACS Error Management:

The new release of the Access Control Service features a management portal you can use for managing your access control policies, from which identity providers you want to engage with (you have a choice of social providers, such as Windows Live ID, Facebook, Yahoo, Google and any OpenID or OAuth2 provider, and business providers, such as Active Directory Federation Services instances or any other WS-Federation/WS-Trust provider) to the transformation rules which decide what claims will be available to your application.

Furthermore, ACS now provides various features aimed at solving the home realm discovery problem (HDR): in practical terms, features which make it easy for developers and end users to always pick the right identity provider.

The man behind those features is Aaaron Smalser, Program Manager on the ACS team: in this 20-minutes interview Aaron discusses the user interaction aspects of the service from his unique perspective.

Aaron Smalser on the ACS 2.0 Portal and HDR Features:

This screencast shows you how to set up Umbraco 4.7 and install & configure the Access Control Service (ACS) Extensions for Umbraco.

The Access Control Service (ACS) Extensions for Umbraco code sample is one extensions to Umbraco 4.7 which enables you to authenticate users from Facebook, Windows Live ID, Google, Yahoo, Active Directory and other identity providers. Setup, user management and handling of authorization policies are all seamlessly integrated in the Umbraco UI. Download the ACS Entensions for Umbraco here.

ACS Extensions for Umbraco – Setup

SignIn and Authorization for Social Members:

ADFS2 Integration:

ACS and AtlantisOnline:
In this lightning-fast screencast you’ll see how ACS helped the guys at www.angrytoyfactory.com to handle their authentication needs, without compromising anything in the stunning visuals in their latest creation, the online strategy game at www.AtlantisOnline.com.

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