Gartner Research

Microsoft's Future Identity Fabric

Published: 04 June 2010

ID: G00203997

Analyst(s): Bob Blakley


Microsoft released Windows Identity Foundation (WIF) in 2009 and has just released Forefront Identity Manager (which updates Identity Lifecycle Manager [ILM] 2007) and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0. Forefront Unified Access Gateway was released in December, 2009. Together, these products represent a major restructuring of the architecture of identity--not just in Microsoft environments, but in federated environments too. In this assessment, Identity and Privacy Strategies Research Director Bob Blakley examines the significance of Microsoft's new identity offerings and details their strengths and weaknesses.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Tokens and Claims
  • Windows Identity Foundation
  • Windows Workflow Foundation
  • Forefront Identity Manager
  • Active Directory Federation Services 2.0
  • Forefront Unified Access Gateway
  • What's Missing?
  • Strengths
    • Business Orientation
    • Federation
    • Scale
    • Standards and Integration Support
  • Weaknesses
    • Auditing
    • XACML Support
    • Compliance
    • Roles
    • Provisioning Actions Not Transactional
  • Understand Your Requirements
  • Plan to Migrate off AD FS 1.0 and ILM 2007
  • Prepare for Claims
  • Establish Pilot Projects
  • Look to Partners
  • Don't Hold Your Breath


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