Authorization Manager (AzMan) API RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi All,

    Microsoft seems to be putting AuthorizationManager forward as its offering for authorization in a number of articles, but there seems to be very little documentation about it.

    I'm currently writing a .NET wrapper for the interop assembly. Does Microsoft already have one?

    Also, where can I get the API documentation?

    Steve Pack
    Friday, February 16, 2007 11:40 AM


All replies

  • Hi Steven,

       if yours is an ASP.NET 2.0 application you can use the ASP.NET 2.0 security model to access AzMan indirectly thru its provider model (you can read about that here:

       If your application, being web or not, needs to access an AzMan repository from a non-web environment, you can leverage the EnterpriseLibrary 2.0 Security application block, which uses a similar principle like ASP.NET 2.0 (more info here:


       Hope you can stop developing your own API and focus in application logic

    Monday, February 19, 2007 4:36 AM
  • Hi Diego,

    Thanks for the reply. It is a non-web app (Windows). I have been using EntLib's wrapper as my starting point, but it is quite limited in what it does. It's really just for providing Authorization, whereas I am trying to program the more administrative aspects. E.g. assigning roles to users etc. Basically, I want to recreate parts of the MMC snap-in my own application.

    The methods are all there in the interop, it would just be very helpful to have some API docs...
    Monday, February 19, 2007 2:39 PM
  • ...found it in Platform SDK

    Monday, February 19, 2007 3:35 PM
  • Hi Steven,


    I am new to Azman, my task is to create store in azman using msbuild scripts or if u can give me any API it will be helpfull for me.

    Tuesday, July 8, 2008 9:07 AM

    i have a question and not sure where to post it...

    does anyone even use AZMAN in the real world to actually authorize access to their web applications?

    is there an advantage that i am missing over using a database?

    AZMAN looks pretty dumb to me, very limited.


    Thursday, August 7, 2008 4:16 PM
  • I did use it Code Jedi, for the windows app I was talking about at the time. The reason was that the help desk at the organisation already had infrastructure for maintaining AD accounts. By using AzMan with AD as the backing store, there was no additional work needed for app to be supported.

    Friday, August 22, 2008 12:17 AM