Saturday, June 7, 2014

Application Authentication using IWA with WSO2 IS 5.0

WSO2 Identity Server is an open source Identity and Entitlement management server. It supports a wide array of authentication and authorization mechanisms. One of its' new features is the application authentication framework, which is capable of translating between heterogeneous authentication protocols and transforming and mediating any identity assertion.

Integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) is an authentication mechanism introduced by Microsoft to authenticate users in Microsoft Windows NT based operating systems. IWA authentication provides an easier way for users to log in to web applications that use Windows Active Directory as an user store. It is a popular choice of authentication among Windows server users and administrators, since it eliminate the need of remembering extra credentials to the users and, reduces the authentication overhead for the server administrators.

In this post I will explain how to configure WSO2 Identity Server to authenticate users to web applications using Integrated Windows Authentication. I will use the “” sample application that is available in WSO2 Identity Server samples, for the demonstration.