Azure AD token Issuer

Abhay Chandramouli 966 Reputation points


What is the difference between issuers in token ?

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A Microsoft Entra identity service that provides identity management and access control capabilities. Replaces Azure Active Directory.
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  1. Shweta Mathur 28,191 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    Hi @Abhay Chandramouli ,

    Thanks for reaching out.

    The and are both Security Token Services (STS) that issue tokens for Azure Active Directory (Azure AD). The is the original STS for Azure AD v1, while is a newer STS that was introduced to support newer authentication protocols like OpenID Connect. Both issuers can issue tokens for Azure AD, but the tokens issued by are generally newer and support more features.

    Both the sample tokens have been provided here -

    You can decode those tokens using and then compare the slightly varying claims of the tokens.

    Hope this will help.



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