Using the Core Components of Connected Services Framework

Connected Services Framework 3.0 SP1

MicrosoftConnected Services Framework (CSF) contains four core components that you can use to build service-oriented applications. For more information about these core components, see the following links:


The Session Component

The Session component acts as a broker between Web services that cooperate in a service-oriented scenario. The Session component provides the context for conversations between Web services, routes messages between Web services, and uses the Identity Manager to provide security credentials for access to Web services.

The Service Catalog Component

The Service Catalog component provides an interface to Microsoft Universal Description Discovery and Integration (UDDI) services for retrieving the properties and URLs of Web services that are participating in a service-oriented application.

The Identity Manager Component

The Identity Manager component implements identity management for Web services that cooperate. The identities for a user can be stored in an identity store that is managed by Microsoft Single Sign-On (SSO) services. Identity Manager provides an interface to SSO that enables the Session Web service to retrieve the credentials that are required by a Web service to authenticate a user.

The Profile Manager Component

The Profile Manager component provides profile management services. Connected Services Framework uses Profile Manager to store custom information about users and their preferences. Profile information is held in a Resource Description Framework (RDF) store, which is implemented by a Microsoft SQL Server database. Profile Manager provides facilities for creating and managing user profile information and for propagating profile information to Web services that cooperate in a service-oriented application.

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