Monday, June 04, 2007

ADFS "2"?

SVR 224 - Microsoft's Identity and Access Strategy For IT Professionals

Pete Houston gave this presentation today. Not a lot of new news but a few tidbits:

ILM "2", due out in 2H08, will include integration with Office 2007 so users can create groups and distribution lists via Outlook. Pete also mentioned how support in ILM "2" would be extended to downlevel clients which I took to mean IE-based and SharePoint.

He also talked about ADFS "2" which was the first time I've heard about it. It was listed with a tbd ("Longhorn Wave") release date. Key featues include new setup and stronger administrator controls. Anyone who has tried to setup ADFS knows how much the administrative interfaces suck so any improvement here will be good. I also liked the fact that RMS (Rights Management Server) will be federated so cross-company collaboration will be possible although I'm not sure how easy it will be.

One other interesting note was that BMC's name was still littered across Pete's slide deck as a key partner despite recent news: "End of BMC’s .Net Identity Management suite highlights stink with Microsoft, partners". So I'm not quite sure what that's all about. I was quite happy to see Quest Software listed as a partner in all the right places so thanks for that, Pete!

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