Glossary Terms

Active Directory Federation Service (AD FS)

This is an industry-supported web services architecture designed to assist the single sign-on (SSO) service to authenticate users to multiple, related web applications over a single online session, securely sharing digital identity and entitlement rights across security and enterprise boundaries.

administration reports

This is a set of documents you can view in Central Administration that reports on the health and functioning of different aspects of search.


This is a collection of users defined by their membership in a group such as a distribution list and used to target information to specific groups based on their profile information.

authoritative web pages

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