The Microsoft Federation Gateway is an identity service that runs over the Internet and mediates between an organization and the external services that the organization wants to use. The gateway acts as a hub for many of the connections the organization wants to make with applications built on Windows Azure or to a Microsoft application that is running on the Internet. The gateway connects users and other identities to the services that it works with, so that an organization only has to manage a single identity-federation relationship in order to enable its identities to access all Microsoft and Microsoft-based services they want to use. enables Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) to accept tokens from the Microsoft Federation Gateway to authenticate users for certification and licensing.

The Microsoft Federation Gateway Support results pane shows the status of Microsoft Federation Gateway Support for the cluster.

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