Troubleshooting the Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard

In this blog post I want to share some tips for identifying issues when running the Office 365 Hybrid Configuration Wizard (HCW), available here .


  1. Where to find the Hybrid Configuration Wizard logs
  2. How to identify network related issues

In my experience, network relates issues are the most common cause of HCW failures, and that is where this blog post will focus.   Most corporate networks have firewall and / or proxy restrictions in place.  There are very specific network requirements for connectivity to Office 365 as detailed here . read more

Active Directory Federation Service (ADFS) Design Considerations and Deployment Options

Lately I have been working more and more with ADFS, mainly because of the Office 365 / Exchange Hybrid / Exchange Online deployments I have been doing.

So I thought I share my experiences, what I have learned and resources I’ve used.  In this blog post I’ll be covering the following:

  1. Overview of ADFS
  2. ADFS Deployment Steps
  3. ADFS Sizing
  4. Publishing ADFS externally (ADFS Proxy)
  5. High Availability
  6. Disaster Recovery
  7. ADFS Configuration Database – WID or SQL?
  8. Using ADFS for Conditional Access
  9. How to migrate ADFS from one server / farm to another
  10. Switching Office 365 Identity Model from Cloud Only to Federated (ADFS)
  11. ADFS Backup
  12. Troubleshooting ADFS
  13. What if ADFS can’t be recovered?

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