Office 365 – Installing and Configuring ADFS 2.0 for Single Sign-on with #Office365

I've been talking with IT Pros in my community about integrating ADFS 2.0 with Office 365 to establish single sign-on capabilities.  Because the process involves a number of tasks and steps, I wanted to share three resources that I've personally found helpful in planning, installing and configuring ADFS for use with Office 365 ...

  • Learn: Plan and deploy ADFS 2.0 with Office 365

    This guidance provides a detailed step-by-step planning and deployment checklist that walks through the considerations and implementation of ADFS.  I recommend reading this guide end-to-end before trying any of the steps so that you have a complete understanding of the entire process and the overall steps involved.  

    After installing ADFS 2.0, be sure to apply the Update Rollup 2 hotfix as it provides important stability fixes.

  • See: Virtual Lab: Installing and Configuring Active Directory Federation Services for Office 365

    After reading the guidance above, I recommend stepping through this guided hands-on lab to see the installation steps first-hand.  It really helps to see the process in action before attempting in a live environment.

  • Practice: Setup your own Office 365 Practice Lab with the FREE Office 365 Preview program

    Now that you understand the process, it's time to try it for yourself in an real-world lab!  By leveraging the Office 365 Preview program, you can setup your own Office 365 lab environment for free during the Office 2013 beta period!  You can also leverage Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V to create your own on-premise virtualized Active Directory instance for practicing installing of the local ADFS bits.

By following these steps, I was able to get up and running with ADFS and Office 365 in less than a day!



Have you found other tips & tricks for ADFS with Office 365?  Feel free to share them in the comments below!

Comments (4)
  1. KeithMayer says:

    Hi Ali,

    After completing the process using the resources outlined above, I was able to login to Office 365 via ADFS by using claims authentication over a relying party trust.  Let me know if I can assist with any questions as you step through the process above.

    Best regards,


  2. KeithMayer says:

    Hi Andrew,

    Below is a link to the editions of Office 365 that support ADFS and DirSync integration:…/compare-office-for-business-plans-FX102918419.aspx

    Hope this helps!


  3. Ali Ben Zarrouk says:


    Were you able to log into Office 365 with ADFS by issuing a security token to log please ?

  4. Andrew HUSSEY says:

    I'm trying to find out which Office 365 plans can be used with ADFS. I'm assuming it's the enterprise plans but can't find any definitive answer…could you confirm that please?

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