IT Concepts – What is Identity Federation

One of the most historically difficult problems to address in IT is usernames and passwords for multiple applications. We all have a multitude of accounts we have to manage. Bank accounts, social media, email, work accounts, cloud storage, and every other system we use relies on usernames and passwords to “authenticate” who we are. There are a number of different solutions for this problem, but the most user friendly method is a technique called “Identity Federation.” Now that the cloud is becoming more important to business functions, IT needs to simplify the relationship between devices that access corporate resources and the resources themselves.…

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Resolving DirectAccess Connectivity Issues (The easy solution)

DirectAccess is a relatively new approach to remote connectivity for domain connected devices. It is basically an always on VPN that utilizes IPSec Tunneling to allow access to external client machines. There is no need to deploy or create VPN profiles or handle RADIUS authentication and other such complexities, but the system does utilize PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) to enable a secure VPN tunnel.…

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