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Modern Authentication with Azure Active Directory for Web Applications by Vittorio Bertocci

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Chapter 3. Introducing Azure Active Directory and Active Directory Federation Services

In this chapter you make first contact with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), the two authority types that Active Directory offers for protecting your applications.

My goals for this chapter are to inform you about what those services are, how they are structured, and what they can do for you. I’ll focus mostly on terminology, components, and functional aspects that you encounter while using those authorities for development-related tasks. You won’t find fine details or instructions here—those will be provided in the later chapters of the book, in the context of the scenarios I’ll describe there.

I purposely ...

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