ADFS on Azure Virtual Machines (part 1)

Microsoft's Windows Azure Virtual Machine (IaaS) and Virtual Network offerings provide some incredible opportunities for a remote datacenter that you can spin up quickly and without breaking the bank. I needed an ADFS environment for an SMB client who was moving to Office 365, wanted to use SSO, but did not want to have to rely on the on-premises environment to be able to access Office 365. I decided to handle all of their ADFS authentication needs using Azure IaaS. (Links to other articles in the series are in the conclusion.)

UPDATE: I had an Azure billing issue that forced me to suspend the writing of this blog series for awhile. In the meantime, a new version of DirSync has been released that does password (hash) syncronization. While following this series will still help you get ADFS up and running on Azure, ADFS may not be the best solution for your SMB any longer.

Azure Virtual Networks and Netgear VPN (or other unsupported VPN)

Virtual Network Introduction and Requirements

Azure Virtual Networks allow you to enable the virtual machines you have on their IaaS offering to communicate privately with each other as if they were all connected to the same LAN. Further, you can connect the Virtual Network to your on-premises LAN via a VPN connection to enable your on-premises endpoints to communicate with the Azure Virtual Machines.
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Published on May 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm | | 6 Comments

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