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Active Directory is a component of the Windows Server operating systems. Active Directory provides a directory and security structure for network applications such as Microsoft Dynamics CRM. As with most applications that rely on a directory service, Microsoft Dynamics CRM has dependencies that are important for operation, such as use of Active Directory to store user and group information and to create application security. Microsoft Dynamics CRM should only be installed on a Windows Server that is a domain member or, if you are installing on Windows Small Business Server, a domain controller. The domain where the server is located must be running in one of the following Active Directory modes:
When you configure Microsoft Dynamics CRM for Internet-facing access, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 requires federated services that support claims-based authentication. We recommend Active Directory Federation Services 2.0.
Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 (AD FS 2.0) is a highly secure, highly extensible, and Internet-scalable identity access solution that allows organizations to authenticate users from partner organizations. Using Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 in Windows Server 2008, you can simply and very securely grant external users access to your organization's domain resources. Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 can also simplify integration between untrusted resources and domain resources within your own organization. Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 is a feature in Windows Server 2008 R2 and earlier versions that can be downloaded and installed (see the Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 RTW download link in table below).
Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 requires two types of digital certificats:
To meet these requirements, your organization should have a public key infrastructure or a contract with a digital certificate provider such as VeriSign, GoDaddy, or Comodo. For more information about Active Directory, see the resources in the following table.
Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 works with IPv6 either alone or together with IPv4 within environments that have networks where IPv6 is supported.
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