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SP2010 - Password Reset - Claims Authentication?

  Date: Nov 01    Category: Sharepoint 2010    Views: 1283

I am setting up a SharePoint 2010 extranet environment in a DMZ that is going to
be using claims authentication (STS/SAML) to allow customers to access the site.
Customers who have their own ADFS (or whatever mechanism they use) will be setup
in Windows AZURE's ACS as the identity provider and SharePoint 2010 in my DMZ
will be the relying party. These customers can manage their own users in their
AD environment and I don't have to worry about their password resets.

For customers that don't have their own ADFS or do not wish to stand one up, I
was going to add those users to my Active Directory in my DMZ. In my DMZ, I will
have the SharePoint 2010 environment, AD, and ADFS. I will connect my ADFS to
Windows AZURE's ACS so that all customers are accessing SharePoint 2010 using
the same authentication process.

Using the above scenario,I have started to look at how to manage the user's
passwords that are in my DMZ domain. Is it possible to have a SharePoint 2010
webpart that will manage password resets when claims auth (STS/SAML) is used?
If not, is my best approach to have a separate asp.net site outside of
SharePoint just for password management for my DMZ?



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Nov 01    

There are quite a few vendors with password reset features.

In the long run, I think you are going to have a lot of work managing individual
user accounts in your DMZ. Maintaining individual sites. Configuring/managing
web apps.

There are already well known vendors out there offering this service (with many
of them already having multiple SharePoint MVP's on staff), so competition is
going to be extremely tough, especially being the new kid on the block.

Hopefully you have an SLA that is advantageous to you and your team.

Answer #2    Answered On: Nov 01    

Thank you for the feedback. Yes, I agree that there will be maintenance
involved but it really isn't an option, in my case, to hire a vendor to do that.

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