LiveID and SharePoint: Where you can use it and why

Published by on July 18th, 2011

Using Microsoft LiveID for your SharePoint authentication is a pretty popular topic. If you haven’t read much about it, then I strongly suggest reviewing a blog from @wictor here and @amilsark’s post here. Also, you can see how the whole solution works over at Microsoft Education Partner Network and Nothing But SharePoint.

All the buzz around LiveID has prompted numerous customers to ask exactly which of our SharePoint Foundation 2010 hosting plans will facilitate this. Below is a breakdown of Fpweb.net plans that will allow you to setup LiveID claims based authentication for your SharePoint site:

Plan: Starter
Support for LiveID: No
Reason: Starter 2010 plans are all host header site collections, running from a shared web application. Claims authentication must run at the Web Application level, but must be approved by Microsoft per the URL. This prevents us from setting up LiveID for each site collection.

Plan: Group
Support for LiveID: No
Reason: Although the Group 2010 plans are each separate Web Applications, two claim setups would need to be configured for each site that wanted to use LiveID: one for it and one for prod. This would result in hundreds of separate claims providers on our shared servers.

Plan: Professional
Support for LiveID: Yes
Reason: This is the first plan where a server is dedicated to your URL. You also have full access to that server, which eases the approval process required by Microsoft to have the site moved to LiveID prod.

Plan: Enterprise
Support for LiveID: Yes
Reason: Similar to the Professional 2010 plan you have full access to the server, allowing you to setup and configure the claims provider.

If you still have any questions about Fpweb.net’s plans or Microsoft LiveID shoot us a comment or start up a live chat on our website!

About Chris Schwab

Chris Schwab has written 21 posts in this blog.

If you’re ever faced with a particularly challenging SharePoint query, this is the man to turn to. Truly a SharePoint sponge, Chris spends most of his time soaking up the latest in the SharePoint community, tinkering around on his hosted SharePoint 2010 site and composing PowerShell scripts. A fan of Joel McHale and the lore of Marvel Comics, this new age mountain man can be most often spotted outdoors, rehabbing trails for the Ozark Trail Association, camping or completing the newest grueling exercises from CrossFit. Follow Me on Google+

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  1. July 23rd, 2011 at 14:48 | #1

    Here is a commercial solution about this:
    SharePoint Live Authentication (Live ID and OpenID Trusted Identity Provider for Claims Based Authentication)
    http://www.shetabtech.com/english/SharePointLiveAuth/default.aspx

  2. July 19th, 2011 at 14:22 | #2

    don’t forget a great example of this is on nothingbutsharepoint.com kindly hosted by you guys!

  3. pcartier
    July 19th, 2011 at 19:57 | #3

    Great point, Jeremy! A shout out has been added in the first paragraph.

  1. July 20th, 2011 at 05:26 | #1
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