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?

You can also download this full article from the Technet Gallery here read more

Troubleshoot & Health Check Microsoft Exchange 2013 with M.A.T.S

Microsoft Exchange 2013 introduced us to Managed Availability, with the aim of providing a mechanism to “detect and recover from problems as soon as they occur and are discovered by the system

However, as Tony Redmond explains with great clarity and insight here

“Because of the blizzard of data generated by Managed Availability and the sheer number of probes, monitors, and responders required to measure all of the interactions and processing that happen within a complex software product like Exchange, it can be confusing to understand just what data is being gathered and why” read more