AD FS Certificates

Lim Chong Sun 531 Reputation points

I know that there are 3 kinds of certificates:

  1. SSL
  2. Token-signing certificate
  3. Token-decryption/encryption certificate

I am adding a new node to my existing AD FS farm. I know that I need to export the current SSL cert with private key and import into the new node before I can configure AD FS.

But what about Token-signing certificate and Token-decryption/encryption certificate? Do I have to do likewise or when I join the new node to the existing farm, these 2 certificate will automatically be imported to the new node?

Active Directory Federation Services
Active Directory Federation Services
An Active Directory technology that provides single-sign-on functionality by securely sharing digital identity and entitlement rights across security and enterprise boundaries.
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  1. VipulSparsh-MSFT 16,201 Reputation points Microsoft Employee

    @Lim Chong Sun Thanks for reaching out.

    There are two server farm options that you can consider when you obtain token-signing certificates for your deployment:

    1) A private key from one token-signing certificate is shared among all the federation servers in a farm.
    In a federation server farm environment, we recommend that all federation servers share (or reuse) the same token-signing certificate. You can install a single token-signing certificate from a CA on a federation server and then export the private key, as long as the issued certificate is marked as exportable.


    2) There is a unique token-signing certificate for each federation server in a farm.
    When you use multiple, unique certificates throughout your farm, each server in that farm signs tokens with its own unique private key.


    Read more about it here :


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