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Adding Office 365 to existing ADFS? RRS feed

  • Question

  • We have existing ADFS (Windows Server 2012 R2) infrastucture in place. We are currently using it for authentication with various different systems (Citrix ShareFile etc.). Now we are starting to use Office 365 and we were thinking that we could also use it for Office 365 authentication. Is there something to be aware of if we add Office 365 to our existing ADFS infrastucture?

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:04 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    No, not besides availability. Usually when you place something in O365, one of the reasons is availability. If you ADFS is down, you cannot authenticate against O365 resources.

    But besides that, there is nothing special. It's a relying party like others, with a separate configuration.

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:26 PM
  • Hi,

    No, not besides availability. Usually when you place something in O365, one of the reasons is availability. If you ADFS is down, you cannot authenticate against O365 resources.

    But besides that, there is nothing special. It's a relying party like others, with a separate configuration.

    Agree with Jesper. Think about redundancy for your ADFS-solution.

    Also keep in might that a alternative backup solution to gain access might be to use Azure AD Connect and do password sync to Office365/Azure AD. In that case if you federation service is down, the users can still access Office365 services by typing their Username and Password that they use in local AD domain. 

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:26 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    No, not besides availability. Usually when you place something in O365, one of the reasons is availability. If you ADFS is down, you cannot authenticate against O365 resources.

    But besides that, there is nothing special. It's a relying party like others, with a separate configuration.

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:26 PM
  • Hi,

    No, not besides availability. Usually when you place something in O365, one of the reasons is availability. If you ADFS is down, you cannot authenticate against O365 resources.

    But besides that, there is nothing special. It's a relying party like others, with a separate configuration.

    Agree with Jesper. Think about redundancy for your ADFS-solution.

    Also keep in might that a alternative backup solution to gain access might be to use Azure AD Connect and do password sync to Office365/Azure AD. In that case if you federation service is down, the users can still access Office365 services by typing their Username and Password that they use in local AD domain. 

    Thursday, January 26, 2017 7:26 PM