I was one of the presenters are a post-conference workshop at the SharePoint Conference in Anaheim, CA this past October. When one of the other presenters, Donovan Follette , took the stage, he started discussing claims based security. He first started out with a great scenario based description of what it was. For me, it was the best and most clear explanation I had ever heard. Afterwards I asked him if he would please blog it so I could share it with others and point folks to it.
Just recently I got a copy of a new SharePoint + Azure book (more on that in a moment) and saw a chapter on claims based security. Sure enough you could tell Donovan wrote this as it was the same scenario. Over the weekend I noticed that Donovan also posted his description in a post on his blog! So, if you’re confused about claims, you need to check out his post: Professional SharePoint 2010 Cloud-Based Solutions by WROX! - Overview of Claims-Based Identity .
I also want to call out that this is another great resource on integrating SharePoint 2010 & Windows Azure. A few months ago I blogged about another book out there ( Developing Microsoft SharePoint Applications Using Windows Azure ). Well, here’s another one that also involves Steve Fox (the author on the first one):