Microsoft has announced important update on the Access Control Services to the end users and the updates are as below.
Extension of the promotional period of Access Control Service to December 1, 2012
Extended Promotional Period till Dec 1, 2012 will be effective immediately and ACS will be available to the end users with free of cost till the promotional period. This promotional free offer is available for both ACS 1.0 and ACS 2.0 [more]
Availability of the Access Control Service 1.0 Migration Tool
ACS 2.0 is introduced by April 2011, by then end users uses the ACS 2.0 and some application still with ACS 1.0 can now be easily migrated to ACS 2.0 using this Migration Assistance. This tool can be downloaded from the link http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.php?id=27545&WT.mc_id=rss_alldownloads_all
This Migration Assistance provides the consumers with the below
- Copying data from ACS 1.0 namespace to a ACS 2.0 namespace.
- Migrating DNS name from the original ACS 1.0 namespace to the new ACS 2.0 namespace with no service downtime.
Check this MSDN article on Guidelines or points to consider before migrating the ACS 1.0 to ACS 2.0 using the tool http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh400207.php
Deprecation of Access Control Service 1.0 on December 20, 2012
By 20 December 2012, ACS 1.0 will be shutdown officially, and no support will be available. All consumers are adviced to convert to ACS 2.0 in this 12 months duration which provides much comfort and to avoid any sevice interuptions.