What is Single Sign On in SharePoint? (Non Technical)


Today I was surprised that I couldn’t easily find a google article that just explained SSO in SharePoint in a simple easy to understand way (for non technical people).

Single Sign On in SharePoint is a Service. It is really just something that holds credentials (login’s/passwords) for different applications. These other applications can be CRM systems, ERP systems, whatever. It does not automatically integrate or pass through credentials to these systems. This may sound obvious to some people, but it’s important to point out because this is what I always hear people think it does.

What it really does is allows developers and administrators to connect other systems in webpart code and  as an example an administrator could use it in the BDC application definition xml’s authentication for connecting to say a SQL database. It is wonderful in that it gives a great starting point and service for configuration and development to pull data from other systems into SharePoint (typically).

Think of it as another tool in that integration toolset that SharePoint provides.

Looking for technical information such as how to configure it? Read here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262932.aspx

Got it configured and want to use it in webpart code or in some other capacity? Start here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms580316.aspx

Example/Walkthrough for implementing pluggable SSO provider: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms566925.aspx

I hope this helps clarify SSO for someone out there,
Richard Harbridge

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