Create a Claims Provider Trust Using Federation Metadata

Applies To: Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0

To add a new claims provider trust, using the AD FS 2.0 Management snap-in, by automatically importing configuration data about the partner from federation metadata that the partner has published to a local network or to the Internet, perform the following procedure on a federation server in the resource partner organization.


Though it has long been common practice to use certificates with unqualified host names such as https://myserver, these certificates have no security value and can enable an attacker to impersonate a Federation Service that is publishing federation metadata. Therefore, when querying federation metadata, you should only use a fully qualified domain name such as

Membership in Administrators, or equivalent, on the local computer is the minimum required to complete this procedure. Review details about using the appropriate accounts and group memberships at Local and Domain Default Groups (

To create a claims provider trust using federation metadata

  1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Administrative Tools, and then click AD FS 2.0 Management.

  2. Under AD FS 2.0\Trust Relationships, right-click Claims Provider Trusts, and then click Add Claims Provider Trust to open the Add Claims Provider Trust Wizard.

  3. On the Welcome page, click Start.

  4. On the Select Data Source page, click Import data about the claims provider published online or on a local network. In Federation metadata address (host name or URL), type the federation metadata URL or host name for the partner, and then click Next.

  5. On the Specify Display Name page type a Display name, under Notes type a description for this claims provider trust, and then click Next.

  6. On the Ready to Add Trust page, click Next to save your claims provider trust information.

  7. On the Finish page, click Close. This will automatically display the Edit Claim Rules dialog box. For more information about how to proceed with adding claim rules for this claims provider trust, see the Additional references section below.


If trusted certificate stores have been modified previously on this computer, verify that the SSL certificate that is used to secure the federation metadata retrieval is trusted by the service account that is assigned to this Federation Service. If the service account does not trust the SSL certificate of this claims provider, monitoring of the trust will fail. To prevent this failure, make sure that the issuer of the claims provider’s SSL certificate is in the Local Computer Trusted Root Certification Authorities certificate store on each federation server in the farm.

Additional references

Checklist: Configuring the Resource Partner Organization

Checklist: Creating Claim Rules for a Claims Provider Trust