How to perform logging for both MSAL.Net and Microsoft Graph SDK

Microsoft Graph SDK has the ability to log out complete HTTP Requests and Reponses as documented here. The way this logging mechanism works is by implementing a custom HttpClient Message handler to intercept every HTTP Request and Response between the client application and the Microsoft Graph Service. Besides hooking into GraphServiceClient’s processing pipeline to do request and response tracing, one can also configure proxy info. See Customize the Microsoft Graph…

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Script errors running MSAL.Net in XBAP application

You may encounter script errors with the background text saying cookies are disabled when running MSAL code snippet similar to the following in a XAML Browser Application (XBAP) from Internet Explorer when performing Azure AD login Root Cause XBAP Applications, although housed in Internet Explorer, runs in its own process space: PresentationHost.exe, which is a very tightly-controlled security container. XBAP Application uses the webBrowser control to host the Azure AD…

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How to use an access token to connect to an Azure SQL Database

In Azure SQL, an access token can be used to authenticate a user or service principal. In this blog post, I will show you what is required for both and give some methods for acquiring the access token based on the scenario to set the access token parameter in the connection object. Requirements: You have an Azure tenant and an Azure SQL database already configured and basic understanding of SSMS…

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Using MSAL in a VB.Net Winforms application

All of our MSAL samples are for either Web, mobile client or console applications in c#. This blog post will show how you can also use MSAL in vb.net in a Winforms desktop application. When creating a winforms application, the thing to remember is that code in your form will run under the UI thread, which, for the most part is ok. However, when MSAL prompts for credentials, it will…

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Using PowerShell to configure a signing certificate for a SAML-based SSO Enterprise Application

In my last blog post I talked about how to use PowerShell to instantiate an MSAL Confidential Client Application to acquire an access token using Client Credentials Grant flow. In this post we will use PowerShell to instantiate an MSAL Public Client Application to perform an Authorization Code Grant flow to obtain a delegated permission Access Token for Microsoft Graph. We will then use that access token to call Microsoft…

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Using MSAL.Net to perform the client credentials flow with a certificate instead of a client secret in a .NetCore console appliction.

The sample files for this post can be found in this GitHub repository: https://github.com/RayGHeld/NetCore_ClientCredentials_withCert There is also a Powershell script there to create a certificate for this sample. You can perform the OAuth2 client_credentials grant flow to sign in as an application for your automated type of services. This flow does not require an interactive user to authenticate and should only be run in secure environments. There are 2 methods…

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Using PowerShell to get Azure AD audit logs

In my previous blog, I talked about how to use PowerShell with Microsoft Graph Reporting API. In that blog, I used the Client Credentials grant flow to acquire an access token for Microsoft Graph against the V1 endpoint. Also the code sample in that blog only works if all the reporting data result set is small. In this blog I’ll discuss how to get a Microsoft Graph access token using…

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VB.NET – Use MSAL.Net in a Console Application to Authenticate to Azure

At one point in recent history, VB.Net was one of the most popular development languages around. In fact, there are many legacy applications written in VB.Net and even still, VB.Net is still in the top 10 languages ( source: https://www.techworm.net/2018/02/popular-programming-languages-2018-according-tiobe-pypl.html ).  I will show a simple console application using VB.Net to authenticate using MSAL.Net Of course, the first step, as in everything Azure, starts with setting up an app registration…

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