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SharePoint Server 2010 supports following authentication methods

In this post, we will discuss what are the authentication methods supported by SharePoint 2010. you can check a full article also here.

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The default method is Windows Authentication, but SharePoint Server 2010 supports following multiple authentication methods:

1. Windows
2. ASP.NET forms
3. Web Single Sign-On (SSO)


The standard Windows authentication method that is selected by default.

Examples – Anonymous, Basic, Digest, Certificates, Kerberos, NTLM (Windows)

ASP.NET forms:

SharePoint Server 2010 can support non- Windows-based systems via integration with ASP.NET forms authentication. This authentication allows SPS 2010 to interact with systems where the Membership Provider interface has been implemented.

Examples: Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP), SQL Server or other database systems, any other ASP.NET forms authentication solutions.

Web Single Sign-On (SSO):

SharePoint Server 2010 supports the storage and mapping of credentials including account names and passwords. SSO provides a way for users to authenticate one time while accessing data from other applications and systems.

Examples: Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Additional Identity Management Systems.

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About Navneet Singh

I am Navneet Singh, Working at C3it software solutions pvt. ltd. in Pune. My core skills are SharePoint 2013, Office 365, SharePoint 2010, SharePoint Designer, SharePoint Designer Workflow, Nintex Workflow, Infopath, Webpart, CSOM/SSOM, Power-shell, C#, ASP.NET and SQL Server.

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