Wednesday, July 05, 2017

What's new in Active Directory Federation Services 2016

Organizations using Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) to provide Single Sign-on benefits to variety of Applications both On premises and Cloud with s secure and seamless end user experience, now with AD FS 2016 with Windows Server 2016 you have more new features added that would simplify your existing Infrastructure to provide additional Security requirements like Sign-in with Azure MFA, and advanced Access Control features like Conditional Access etc. to provide enhanced secure access to your resources with rich end user experience.

To know more on the latest features review the documentation here: What's new in Active Directory Federation Services for Windows Server 2016

Organizations already using Azure MFA server On premises once successfully moved to ADFS 2016 can directly consume Azure MFA using the in-built Azure MFA Adapter and remove the On premise MFA servers. Device based Conditional access Policies are also made available for On premises using which you can apply more granular controls in providing application access.

Take a look at the related documentation articles on Requirements, Design, Deployment guidance know more in detail and plan for your New deployment or upgrade.

If you are environment is already setup with AD FS Windows Server 2012 R2 then upgrading to AD FS 2016 with Windows server 2016 is much simplified and once your environment meets the requirement to raise the "Farm Behaviour level (FBL)" to 2016, you can take full advantage of the AD FS 2016 features.

To more on this in action review the below Microsoft Ignite 2016 session

View here: Discover whats new in Active Directory Federation and domain services in Windows Server 2016

Also read this excellent Blog post from Sam here : Choosing the right sign-in option to connect to Azure AD & Office 365


Access the latest Microsoft Ignite 2017 Session below on this topic.

View here: What's new and upcoming in AD FS to securely sign-in your users to Office 365 and other applications


Access the latest best practices guidance for Azure AD and ADFS to defend against the latest password spray attack.

Azure AD and ADFS best practices: Defending against password spray attacks

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