Web Service Authentication and Impersonation

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[Applies to: Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0]

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Microsoft Dynamics CRM supports multiple authentication models. The type of authentication interface that is used depends on if you are authenticated through Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online, on-premise, or Internet-facing deployment (IFD).

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online - authentication is handled through Windows Live, which was previously known as Passport.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, on-premise - authentication is handled through Active Directory, which is also known as Windows Integrated Authentication.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0, IFD – Forms based authentication, handled through Active Directory.

Impersonation enables you to call Web service methods on behalf of another user to provide a desired features or service. The following sections explain impersonation and authentication.

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Contains information about performing an operation on behalf of another user.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Authentication

Explains how to authenticate a user for Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online by using Windows Live.

On-Premise Authentication

Provides information about how to authenticate a user under Active Directory for an on-premise deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Web Form (IFD) Authentication

Has instructions about how to authenticate a user under Active Directory for an Internet Facing Deployment of Microsoft Dynamics CRM.

Authentication from an ASPX Page

Explains how to authenticate from an ASPX page.

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