AD FS in Windows Server 2016

With the impending release of Windows Server 2016, we will soon have a new version of AD FS available to use with our various cloud deployments. I thought this would be a good time to start looking at the new features and functionality of Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) in the new version of Windows Server.

In this post, I’m going to introduce three new features to AD FS in Windows Server 2016: The upgrade process, improved auditing, and the AD FS rapid restore tool. In a future blog post (after Windows Server 2016 is released), I’ll dive into the specifics of setting up and using each of these features.

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Making the Office 365 portal work for true single sign-on

Deploying ADFS for use with Office 365 is intended to give users a single sign-on experience. As anyone who has deployed Office 365 will tell you, you don’t really get true single sign-on. Depending on the type of client you are using, your “single sign-on” experience can vary pretty widely. The Lync and CRM online clients do give users single sign-on, but Outlook does not. Sitting in the middle you have the experience of logging into the Office 365 Portal.

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