Getting BlogEngine.NET to Work in a Web Farm

October 14th, 2010 3 comments

The Problem

I recently needed to add a blog to a customer’s site, and after doing some comparison shopping of the open source blog software out there – dasBlog and BlogEngine.NET being the most popular – I proposed using BlogEngine.NET.  The end result worked out very well.  The template structure made it very easy to add customizations, and the extensions available in the community were very useful.

Our problem with BlogEngine.NET didn’t arise until we moved into production (as all good bugs often do).  The issue is that BlogEngine.NET is not built to work in a web farm environment, and its heavy use of caching causes some “interesting” results when web heads become out of sync. Read more…

Categories: .NET, BlogEngine.NET

Refreshing Claims in a WIF Claims-Aware Application

March 10th, 2010 2 comments

With Windows Identity Foundation (WIF), it’s fairly simple and well-documented on how to consume claims in your claims-aware web application.  What isn’t entirely clear is how to reload these claims when updates are made to the user’s information.  How do we refresh the claims, which are stored in an encrypted SAML token cookie? Read more…

Categories: Identity Management

Modifying the AD FS 2.0 Passive Federation Endpoint

December 30th, 2009 5 comments

Out of the box, Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0 comes bundled with several endpoints to support different protocols (WS-Trust, WS-Federation, etc.), credential types, and security modes.  These endpoints are used for communication to the STS so if you have an application that needs to receive tokens via WCF, you can connect to one of the provided endpoints depending on your security and transport requirements.

AD FS 2.0 Endpoints

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Categories: Identity Management

Under the Hood: My other blog

December 17th, 2009 No comments

Under the Hood

I’ve started writing for my company’s blog: Under the Hood.  I’ll still regularly post here to my blog, but definitely hop over there to check out the wide range of articles from my co-workers at Ironworks.

Categories: Miscellaneous

How Microsoft Names Its Products

December 17th, 2009 No comments

It could just be a coincidence, but I ran across this message board posting where somebody suggests that Microsoft name their product “Windows Identity Foundation”.  However, this was three years ago!  It’s nice that somebody followed up recently with a little “congratulations on your suggestion” posting, but I wonder if the original poster even realizes that his suggestion is now the official name for the identity framework that Microsoft just released.

I will go ahead and throw out that Microsoft should rename its ORM solution from Entity Framework to Windows Data Access Foundation (WDAF).  You heard it here first!

Categories: Identity Management