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ADFS-Pro Authentication

posted by Glanton Solutions - 11/23/2015

ADFS-Pro Authentication

The ADFS-Pro Authentication module connects your internet hosted DNN or Evoq website to your corporate Active Directory on your network or Microsoft Azure using Microsoft's "Active Directory Federation Services".  

ADFS is Microsoft's implementation of the 'WS-Fed' (Web Services Federation) protocal that exposes your internal LDAP or Active Directory through an ADFS gateway, allowing you to provide controlled single sign-on for your users into externally hosted cloud or internet websites and services. The ADFS-Pro Authentication module for DNN and Evoq lets your users seamlessly and automatically login, register, sync editing permissions and update their user profiles whenever they login. You no longer need to worry about manually provisioning, updating or disabling user accounts whenever staff join, move or leave..

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What are Active Directory Federation Services?

ADFS is Microsoft's implementation of the 'WS-Federation' specification

  • ADFS is a standards-based service that allows the secure sharing of identity information between trusted business partners (known as a federation) across an extranet.  When a user needs to access a Web application from one of its federation partners, the user's own organization is responsible for authenticating the user and providing identity information in the form of "claims" to the partner that hosts the Web application. The hosting partner uses its "trust policy" to map the incoming claims to claims that are understood by its Web application, which uses the claims to make authorization decisions.

  • ADFS is Microsoft's implementation of the WS-Federation Passive Requestor Profile protocol (passive indicates that the client requirements are just a cookie- and JavaScript-enabled Web browser). ADFS-Pro for DNN supports the standards based WS-Federation protocol and not SAML. 
  • Whilst the module is simple to install and configure, we strongly recommend you engage us to help you setup the your ADFS to correct pass through profile and role information to sync to DNN.

Core Features

Instant Active Directory Single SignOn through ADFS

Turn-key AD Authentication

With one simple module installation you can replace the default DNN log-in screen and have your users seamlessly login, register and update their profiles and permissions by connecting to your Active Directory though Microsoft ADFS.

DNN Profile Synchronisation

Never have to duplicate and maintain your user profile information again. Get your users up and running on your DNN intranet portals instantly, by electing the user profiles you want to synchronise through ADFS.

Safe and Secure

All authentication is managed on the ADFS gateway and once your user is securely authenticated, an encrypted 'claim' is passed to DNN with their profile and permissions. No passwords are stored in DNN.

Advanced Features

Multi-Portal Single Sign On

With ADFS as your identity provider you gain the ability to provide single sign-on across all your child portals. This gives administrators the ability to enforce uniform enterprise authentication and/or authorization policies across the enterprise. It allows end-to-end user audit sessions to improve security reporting and auditing and save content administrators from having to understand and implement user role security in each of their child portals.

Move your Intranet to the Internet

ADFS allows you to expose your AD to the cloud which means you can now host your intranets on the internet.

Background Group and Role Sync

AD security groups are mapped to DNN security roles, automatically updating permissions each time a user logs in.

User Guide & Support

Read the user guide for full details of the module.

ADFS-Pro will connect your internet hosted DNN or Evoq website to your ADFS gateway

For detailed configuration information, please read our user guide.

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This encompasses technical support, training, design, content management, upgrades, modules installs or even smaller based projects. Assistance block hours are a 'win-win' because it allows us to respond to your needs fast, and you save money because we offer a standard, much lower rate.

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Whether we have completed your project or you backup with your pre-existing systems, let Glanton be your technical partner and support your software installation.

We'll review and monitor your site to ensure it stays healthy and are on standby to help you should anything go wrong. With our Bronze, Silver and Gold Support packages, you can select your response times, assistance level and renewal period to obtain the best rate for your business.

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AD-Pro Authentication

This module supports multiple domains, SSL, role and profile synchronization as well as multi-portal single sign-on.

AD-Pro Users Directory

Company, department or office directory - straight from your corporate Active Directory.
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AD-Pro Profile Updater

Allow employees to update their Active Directory Profile Properties and Password Change. The most complete Active Directory solution.
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AD-Pro Password Reset

Relieve your help desk of password change requests that users can do themselves!
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AD-Pro Password Expiry Alert

Let your DotNetNuke website or intranet users know their Active Directory password is about to expire - before they are locked out.

AD-Pro Sync

Keep your DNN users, profiles and roles up to date with scheduled, one way sync from Active Directory to DNN.
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Glanton Solutions (a DNN Gold Partner) provide high quality solutions on the .NET platform to our world-wide customer base to achieve a best of breed suite of intranet and extranet web publishing, collaboration and social networking tools. All wrapped in your corporate branding and compliant with your security, legal and operating standards. For mid-market and global enterprises this means a low cost, low risk and low maintenance solution fully integrated with your Microsoft environment. With years of implementation experience we have gained an insight into the quality products customers need time after time and actively develop a range of high value modules that extend and enhance the strengths of the DNN platform, alleviating complex problems with simple design.