15 Dec 2010 @ 11:52 PM 

WCF Claims, STS and Federation – Layman’s View


Configuring your Federation

I’m here to explain WCF claims in federated services using STS (security token service) from a layman’s perspective.  I’ve started with the set of configuration you have to put in place on web.config under system.serviceModel to make your service in federated way.  Instead of very boring textual explanation, I’m explaining in comic way. 



This is to be declared inside -> element of system.serviceModel section of web.config. 






The is the place you have to tell where STS is hosted over which binding with appropriate binding configuration.  This service expects SAML 1.1 provided by udoozSTS.  Since, this is expected as part of request message, it has been declared in Message security mode. 


This is has to be declared in section of





This has to be declared in element under



 The whole configuration  related to this as 



The proofs are called as claims.  A collection of claims about a consumer provided by a identity provider (STS) with its identity is called as ClaimSet.

The comic was developed using .

To be continued…

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Posted By: udooz
Last Edit: 16 Dec 2010 @ 12 05 AM


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  1. Sasran says:

    Your blog is getting into another evolution.. This is was creativity…. YOu have long way to go… Keep continuing and inventing new ways of explaining concepts….

    all the best.

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  2. SrividyaN says:

    Wonderful way of explaining concepts!!! So easily understandable :)

    Thanks a lot !!! and my best wishes to you in exploring more to make a layman delighted

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    • udooz says:

      Thanks srividya

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  3. Xenthil says:

    Super Sheik..

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    • udooz says:

      Thanks Senthil

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  4. Reminds of head first approach
    If only all such *Complicated* topics are explained :)

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    • udooz says:


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  5. Preethi Narayanan says:

    “Real Clients” will be extremely happy if technology concepts were made that simple …….very creative Sheik…..keep it up … :-)

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    • udooz says:

      Thanks Preethi

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  6. Ram says:

    Great creativity, keep it up, this comical explaination helps to understand things easier for me.

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    • udooz says:

      Thanks Ram

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  7. [...] the previous post, we have seen the service configuration of WCF federation.  In this post, let us see the STS [...]

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  8. Royal Takeaway Clayton
    I have been reading your articles during my lunch break, and I have to admit the whole article has been very valuable and very well written.I also found a lot of stuff in your pages especially it’s discussion.I think I will come back soon.

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  9. udooz says:

    Thanks Clayton…Sure you are welcome

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  10. Sanket says:

    Hi, is there any link to download whole example or can you give me whole example ?

    Thanks in advance

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