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Implementing Active Directory Federation Services in the AWS Cloud

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is a provider of a comprehensive set of services and tools that utilizes Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and above workloads on its reliable and secure cloud infrastructure.

Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Domain Name Server (DNS), and Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) are core Windows services that provide the foundation for many enterprise class Microsoft-based solutions; including Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Exchange, and .NET applications.

This guide is aimed at organizations running workloads in the AWS cloud that wish to access AWS with their Active Directory credentials to:

  • Provide Single Sign-On (SSO) to the AWS Management Console
  • Centralize user account management
  • Use a single set of credentials across multiple AWS accounts
  • Leverage existing investments in identity management integrations such as multifactor authentication, key cards, event logging, password policies, self-service, etc.

This paper discusses a lot of aspects in implementing active directory federation services in the Amazon Cloud Services. Like most of the articles, this paper provides clear information on this topic.

Coverage topics include:

  • About Nested Stacks
  • Automated Deployment
  • Template Customization
  • Testing Your Deployment
    • Federated Single Sign-On
  • Post-Configuration Tasks
  • Further Reading
  • Appendix A: Amazon EC2 Security Group Configuration
    • Subsystem Port Mappings
  • Appendix B: Residual Resources

For more details about these topics/services, you can contact Myrtec and we will provide you will all the information you require. We can also help you plan and come up with strategies for your company’s implementation of these services.