Microsoft CRM 2011 IFD vs Windows Auth RRS feed

  • Question

  • Can someone explain to me why one would use IFD (Internet Facing Deployment) to access Microsoft CRM vs. just using Windows Authentication? They seem equivalent to me in their features. Not sure of the benefits of IFD over Windows auth however.


    Tuesday, May 10, 2011 5:59 PM


  • Valid question.  

    You would use active directory unless you have constituents that have to use it from outside your network.  IFD allows people to access it from the internet instead of being inside your network.  Like sales people out in the field or customers that need access for some reason.  Or if people are working from home without VPN access.

    Your choices accomplish a deployment that can be accessed from outside the network are to use VPN or IFD.

    So, if people don't need access from outside your domain, you wouldn't use it, you would just use Active directory auth.

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    Tuesday, May 10, 2011 6:30 PM