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Federated Identity in Visual Studio Online

This great post by Mitch Denny provides insights into federating Visual Studio Online using Azure Active Directory. The techniques described for enabling the federation without exposing either organization’s internal directories is of great use for consultant/integrator groups who are working with multiple clients and need to protect their information.

Mitch Denny

Earlier this week Sean McBreen from the Visual Studio Online team posted an announcement detailing the work that he and his team have been doing to streamline the process of creating a new Visual Studio Online accounts where users can authenticate using their corporate username and password.

This scenario is enabled through Azure Active Directory (AAD) which allows for synchronisation of corporate identity information to the cloud which can then be used by SaaS applications such as Office 365, Dynamics CRM and now Visual Studio Online.

If you want to get up and running with Visual Studio Online quickly, and link it to your corporate directory I recommend that you read Sean’s post. The purpose this post is to show how enabling authentication with AAD in Visual Studio Online is not only great for organisations who want to us corporately controlled user names and passwords, but also for projects that…

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