Azure Active Directory Authentication Protocols
Published: April 5, 2013
Updated: May 20, 2014
Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) supports several of the most widely used authentication and authorization protocols. The topics in this section describe the supported protocols and their implementation in Azure AD. The topics included a review of supported claim types, an introduction to the use of federation metadata, detailed OAuth 2.0. and SAML 2.0 protocol reference documentation, and a troubleshooting section.
This section includes the following topics.
Important Information About Signing Key Rollover in Azure AD – Learn about Azure AD’s signing key rollover cadence, changes you can make to update the key automatically, and discussion for how to update the most common application scenarios.
Supported Token and Claim Types - Learn about the claims in the tokens that Azure AD issue.
Federation Metadata - Learn how to find and interpret the metadata documents that Azure AD generates.
OAuth 2.0 in Azure AD - Learn about the implementation of OAuth 2.0 in Azure AD.
OpenID Connect - (Preview) Learn how to use OAuth 2.0, an authorization protocol, for authentication.
SAML Protocol Reference - Learn about the Single Sign-On and Single Sign-out SAML profiles of Azure AD.
Troubleshooting Authentication Protocols - Learn how to prevent problems and interpret and resolve errors when using Azure AD.