[EN] Free Book about Claims & Access Control for SharePoint & Azure

BOOKLET__A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control, Second Edition - Book DownloadFew days ago Microsft has published for free download, in PDF format – very important and interesting book: A Guide to Claims-Based Identity and Access Control – Authentication and Autorization for Services and the Web. The book has been writen by six authors: Dominic Baler, Vittorio Bertocci, Keith Brown, Scott Densmore, Eugenio Pace and Matias Woloski in very famous series Patterns & Practices.

This book is in medium size (19 MB and about 411 pages). But You can find  alot of informations inside. Lets look for the list of chapters:

  • An Introduction to Claims
  • Claims-Based Architectures
  • Claims-based Single Sign-on for the Web and Windows Azure
  • Federated Identity for Web Applications
  • Federated Identity with Windows Azure Access Control Service
  • Federated Identity with Multiple Partners
  • Federated Identity with Multiple Partners and Windows Azure Access Control Service
  • Claims Enabling Web Services
  • Securing REST Services
  • Accessing Rest Services from a Windows Phone Device
  • Claims-Based Single Sign-On for Microsoft SharePoint 2010
  • Federated Identity for Sharepoint Applications

and appendixes:
A – using fedutil
B – message sequences
C – industry standards
D – certificates
E – windows azure appfabric access control service (acs)
F – sharepoint 2010 authentication architecture and considerations

In the same time whe you will reading this book, you can go to CodePlex site when you find more stuff for this book {THNX Ziemek} – go directly HERE (for CodePlex) and HERE (for downloading book).

[EN] New documentation about Azure Services on MSDN

 MS_Patterns&Practices Microft Azure Services [for me they are: Windows Azure, SQL Azure, App Fabric and numerous external add-ons/ins] are becoming increasingly popular. In January 2010 (few days after World Premiere) interesting document: Moving Applications to the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure™ Platform appeared on MSDN.  In eight parts Microsoft showed how we could use Microsoft Azure technologies. Below You can see the article-road map:


This document (uh, large 125 pages on “my patented technology” copy-paste) with six appendixes it’s very helpful for all of us – The Azure Guys – but especially for the beginners.

Now, after six months of moving Your applications – are someone of you really move just one? – it’s time for the second part of this documentation series: Developing Applications for the Cloud on the Microsoft Windows Azure™ Platform. Appeared on MSDN on August, in six parts and two appendixes. See the article-road map below:


The second part, called on Born To Learn Blog as second volume (this time on 135 pages is for pre-intermediate users, but of curse still for all of us.

In both volumes You are supporting by “panel of experts” includes: cloud specialist, a software architect, a software developer, and an IT professional:

Jana is a software architect. She plans the overall structure of an application. Her perspective is both practical and strategic. In other words, she considers the technical approaches that are needed today and the direction a company needs to consider for the future.

Markus is a senior software developer. He is analytical, detail-oriented, and methodical. He’s focused on the task at hand, which is building a great cloud-based application. He knows that he’s the person who’s ultimately responsible for the code.

Poe is an IT professional who’s an expert in deploying and running applications in the cloud. Poe has a keen interest in practical solutions; after all, he’s the one who gets paged at 03:00 when there’s a problem.

Bharath is a cloud specialist. He checks that a cloud-based solution will work for a company and provide tangible benefits. He is a cautious person, for good reasons.


And the last and most important – the links for documents: