New version of Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory (ADAL.NET) is out – good time to update!

Mock Function call to force loading an assembly - how elegant!

 There’s now a new version of the assembly Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory available – plenty of reasons to update right away! Let me offer you one hot take on the matter.

Why bother updating?

In an earlier post I described an issue I had with Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.Platform not getting copied during the build in a referencing project. In 3.17.0, which came out this month, the issue is fixed! The new package actually contains separate DLLs for different platforms.

In essence this means, that from C#/.NET -developer’s standing point, the team has assimilated the Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.Platform assembly, among other platform DLLs, into Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory package itself. Hence, you’ll need no more funky hacks to ensure the DLLs get copied! 🙂

What’s new with Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory 3.17?

Release notes say, that 3.17 introduces these changes:

  • Write more efficient applications, tolerant to Azure AD throttling.
  • Force end users of your apps to choose an identity even when s/he is logged-in.
  • Process more effective conditional access.

While looking at the DLLs through Object Browser, it seems like they’ve added a new namespace “Native”, which seems like its more or less moved from the Playtform dll. In essence, that namespace likely now contains the functionality that was in Platform dll before.. Therefore, you should not need the Platform dll anymore!

Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory DLL in Visual Studio Object Browser

Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory DLL in Visual Studio Object Browser

Disclaimer: I’ve got nothing to do with the development team. I’m just happy the team were able to push this update out – so I thought I should maybe give them some appreciation for their work. Good job, folks! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “New version of Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory (ADAL.NET) is out – good time to update!

  1. Tom G says:

    Interesting post … but I’m still getting the “Could not load file or assembly Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory.Platform” with 3.17.1 … where exactly do you see this assembly so it’s referenced? It’s not part of the nuget package. Thoughts? I’ve never had something this annoying with MS code before

    • Hi Tom,

      Sorry for the late response! It’s an annoying issue, for sure, but should’ve been fixed with just updating the Microsoft.IdentityModel.Clients.ActiveDirectory -nuget package, as the functionality that used to be in the Platform-package should now be in the core dll itself!

      Looking at the dlls via object browser shows, that they’ve added the .Native -namespace, which likely contains whatever was in the Platform -dll before. I’ve added this info (or, you know, a screenshot) to the blog post!

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