Verifying the AD FS Migration to Windows Server 2012 R2


Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2

Once you complete the same server migration of your Active Directory Federation Service (AD FS) farm to Windows Server 2012 R2, you can use the following procedure to verify that federation servers in your farm are operational; that is, that any client on the same network can reach your federation servers.

Membership in Users, Backup Operators, Power Users, 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 verify that a federation server is operational

  1. Open a browser window and in the address bar, type the federation server name, and then append it with federationmetadata/2007-06/federationmetadata.xml to browse to the federation service metadata endpoint. For example, .

    If in your browser window you can see the federation server metadata without any SSL errors or warnings, your federation server is operational.

  2. You can also browse to the AD FS sign-in page (your federation service name appended with adfs/ls/idpinitiatedsignon.htm, for example, This displays the AD FS sign-in page where you can sign in with domain administrator credentials.


    Make sure to configure your browser settings to trust the federation server role by adding your federation service name (for example, to the browser’s local intranet zone.

See Also

Migrating Active Directory Federation Services Role Service to Windows Server 2012 R2