AEM as a Cloud Service finally consolidates the login experience between AEM and the rest of the Adobe Experience Cloud. AEM as a Cloud Service comes pre-configured with Adobe Identity Management Service (IMS) for authentication. Previously, with AEM, customers would have to configure an Identity Provider (IDP) such as Active Directory or IMS. For users experienced with the Adobe Experience Cloud, this finally aligns the sign-in between AEM and the rest of the tools, but it does change the authentication paradigm for users mostly familiar with AEM. What’s Different for AEM Admins? As an administrator, instead of first logging into the instance with local authentication, then configuring the IDP, AEM as a Cloud Service instances comes pre-configured with IMS authentication. To grant access, head to adminconsole.adobe.com and add the user’s into the relevant groups. As the Adobe documentation elaborates, to be granted access users must belong to one of two groups ASM User-xxx or AEM Administrators-xxx. Note, you must be granted permissions to the instance, permissions to administer the associated Cloud Manager will not suffice. From there, AEM as a Cloud Service authentication is relatively similar to a standard Single Sign On (SSO) integration in that you login with the SSO and then are redirected to AEM.
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