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Create a Relying Party Trust Using Federation Metadata


Applies To: Windows Server 2012

To add a new relying party trust, using the AD FS Management snap-in, by automatically importing configuration data about the partner from federation metadata that the partner published to a local network or to the Internet, perform the following procedure on a federation server in the account 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 relying party trust using federation metadata

  1. On the Start screen, type AD FS Management, and then press ENTER.

  2. Under the AD FS\Trust Relationships folder, right-click Relying Party Trusts, and then click Add Relying Party Trust to open the Add Relying Party Trust Wizard.

  3. On the Welcome page, click Start.

  4. On the Select Data Source page, click Import data about the relying party 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 name in Display name, under Notes type a description for this relying party trust, and then click Next.

  6. On the Choose Issuance Authorization Rules page, select either Permit all users to access this relying party or Deny all users access to this relying party, and then click Next.

  7. On the Ready to Add Trust page, review the settings, and then click Next to save your relying party trust information.

  8. On the Finish page, click Close. This action automatically displays the Edit Claim Rules dialog box. For more information about how to proceed with adding claim rules for this relying party trust, see the Additional references.


    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 relying party, monitoring of the trust will fail. To prevent this failure, make sure that the issuer of the relying party’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 Account Partner Organization

Checklist: Creating Claim Rules for a Relying Party Trust