Install the AD FS software

Updated: June 25, 2015

Applies To: Azure, Office 365, Power BI, Windows Intune

AD FS software must be installed on any computer that you are preparing for the federation server role. You can install this software by either using the AD FS Setup Wizard or by using a command-line parameter. For more information about this parameter, see AD FS 2.0 Deployment Guide.

AD FS has a separate installation package (referred to as AD FS 2.0) for the Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system platforms. AD FS can also be installed by adding the Federation Service server role as part of the Windows Server 2012 operating system.

Make sure to complete the installation process by installing all of the required hotfixes on each federation server computer, as indicated by the last step in this procedure.

  1. If your server is running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, download the AD FS 2.0 software package for your specific operating system version (either Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2) by saving the AdfsSetup.exe setup file onto the computer. To download this file, go to Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 RTW.

  2. Locate the AdfsSetup.exe setup file that you downloaded to the computer, and then double-click it.

  3. On the Welcome to the AD FS 2.0 Setup Wizard page, click Next.

  4. On the End-User License Agreement page, read the license terms.

  5. If you agree to the terms, select the I accept the terms in the License Agreement check box, and then click Next.

  6. On the Server Role page, select Federation server, and then click Next.

  7. On the Completed the AD FS 2.0 Setup Wizard page, click Finish.

    In some situations the AD FS 2.0 installation may require a restart (for example, when dependent hotfixes have been installed).

  8. Install all of the hotfixes as indicated in Description of Update Rollup 2 for Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) 2.0.

  1. On the Start screen, type Server Manager, and then press ENTER.

  2. Click Manage, and then click Add Roles and Features to start the Add Roles and Features Wizard.

  3. On the Before you begin page, click Next.

  4. On the Select installation type page, click Role-based or Feature-based installation, and click Next.

  5. On the Select destination server page, click Select a server from the server pool, verify that the target computer is highlighted, and then click Next.

  6. On the Select server roles page, click Active Directory Federation Services, and then click next.

    If you are prompted to install additional .NET Framework or Windows Process Activation Service features, click Add Features to install them.

  7. On the Select features page, verify that the features are set, and then click Next.

  8. On the Active Directory Federation Service (AD FS) page, click Next.

  9. On the Select role services page, select the Federation Service check box, and then click Next.

  10. On the Web Server Role (IIS) page, click Next.

  11. On the Select role services page, click Next.

  12. After you verify the information on the Confirm installation selections page, select the Restart the destination server automatically if required check box, and then click Install.

  13. On the Installation progress page, verify that everything installed correctly, and then click Close.

Now that you have installed the AD FS software, navigate back to Checklist: Deploy your federation server farm on legacy versions of Windows Server and complete the rest of the steps.

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