Office 365 Hybrid Deployment With Exchange 2010 SP2 – Part 2

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In this article, we will go through the steps to setup and configure ADFS 2.0. If you have missed the first part, read it here. ADFS is required for single sign-on access to Office 365 services.

ADFS for Office 365 is NOT about enabling the ADFS role from Server Manager. ADFS Version 2 is required for our scenario. Download ADFS v2.0 from here depending on the OS. A dedicated ADFS server is not required for small environments, the recommendation is to have it running on atleast two domain controllers. I will be installing it only on one  domain controller as it is a test lab.

After downloading ADFS v2, run the setup. Click Next on the welcome screen.

ADFS2.0 Install

Accept the license and click Next. Select “Federation Server” and click Next

Federation Server Role

The wizard shows the pre-reqs and if it is not present, the setup will install it for you. Click Next

ADFS Pre-reqs

The pre-reqs get installed and the setup finishes. The “completed” setup wizard will have a tick box selected which will launch the ADFS management snap-in. Click Finish.

Finish install and start ADFS Snapin

Install Update Rollup1 for ADFS v2, request the rollup from here. It is a standard install, click next and finish.

UR1 for ADFS

After the rollup is installed, launch ADFS 2.0 Management from Start –> Administrative tools. Click on “ADFS 2.0 Federation Server Configuration Wizard”.

Adfs Management Snapin

Select “Create a new Federation Service” and click Next.

Create New federation service

Select “New Federation Server Farm” and click Next.

New Federation server farm

A new certificate will be already there, created by the ADFS setup. Select the cert and the federation service name, which will be the taken from the subject field of the cert.

Adfs Certificate

A service account is required, a normal domain user will do. Make sure you select “password never expires” while creating the account. Select the service account in the wizard & type in the password.

Adfs service account

Click Next on the summary wizard.

Adfs Settings Confirmation

Make sure everything is green and click close.

Finish ADFS Management

To verify that everything has been configured properly, open up a browser from a client and navigate to https://adfsserverfqdn/adfs/fs/federationserverservice.asmx. Continue to the website and you should see an xml output.

That is it for part 2, stay tuned for part 3!

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  1. I am currently working on a hybrid setup for my bachelor degree. After I have installed ADFS 2.0 and run the configuration no certificate shows up. Other sources say that a third party certificate should be used for SSL but here it says that it is generated automaticly during installation.

  2. I look forward to your directory sync post. It’s simple when you use the inbuilt SQL Express, but we’ve had a lot of trouble trying to get it connected to an external SQL server.

    • Thanks John. I will be using a sql express install for dir sync as it is a test lab. Post any issues you have and I will setup a full blown SQL & try to fix your issue.


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