Federated Authentication Illustrated: The story of an unwise foreign tourist

Excellent analogy for ADFS, Kudos to Dmitry

Lost and Found Identity


In an attempt to illustrate how federation relationship between Office 365 and on-premise directory  works, I wanted to put together a “real-life” story that doesn’t involve any IT terminilogy. Let us follow this analogy to explain what is happening during the federated authentication process. At the end of each chapter, I will add a “translation” section that will convert this vaudeville into IT language. So here it goes:

Story of an unwise foreign tourist

Narrator: It was a dark and stormy night. The place was Moscow, Russia. The Universe was… alternative…


Narrator: In a smoky Moscow bar, one man whose name was Dmitry, has just heard of a place full of marvel. That place was Little Rock, AR. Without any hesitation, Dmitry decided to fly to distant Little Rock, to see it for himself. Little did he know that he was about to embark on a worldwide journey.

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