Deploying a Federation Server Farm


Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2

In order to deploy a federation server farm, complete the tasks in this checklist in order. When a reference link takes you to a conceptual topic, return to this checklist after you review the conceptual topic so that you can proceed with the remaining tasks in this checklist.

 Checklist: Deploying a Federation Server Farm




Review important concepts and considerations as you prepare to deploy Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).


 AD FS Design Guide in Windows Server 2012 R2

 Understanding Key AD FS Concepts

If you decide to use Microsoft SQL Server for your AD FS configuration store, ensure to deploy a functional instance of SQL Server.

SQL Server


In Windows Server 2012 R2, if you want to create an AD FS farm and use SQL Server to store your configuration data, you can use SQL Server 2008 and newer versions, including SQL Server 2012.

Join your computer to an Active Directory domain.

 Join a Computer to a Domain2

Enroll a Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate for AD FS.

 Enroll an SSL Certificate for AD FS

Install the AD FS role service.

 Install the AD FS Role Service

Configure a federation server.

 Configure a Federation Server

Optional step: Configure a federation server with Device Registration Service (DRS).

  Configure a federation server with Device Registration Service

Add a host (A) and alias (CNAME) resource record to corporate Domain Name System (DNS) for the federation service and DRS.

 Configure Corporate DNS for the Federation Service and DRS

Verify that a federation server is operational.

 Verify That a Federation Server Is Operational1

See Also

Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS Deployment Guide