Today AD FS is made highly available by setting up an AD FS farm. Some organizations would like a way to have a single server AD FS deployment, eliminating the need for multiple AD FS servers and network load balancing infrastructure, while still having some assurance that service can be restored quickly if there is a problem. The new AD FS Rapid Restore tool provides a way to restore AD FS data without requiring a full backup and restore of the operating system or system state. You can use the new tool to export AD FS configuration either to Azure or to an on-premises location. Then you can apply the exported data to a fresh AD FS installation, re-creating or duplicating the AD FS environment.


The AD FS Rapid Restore tool can be used in the following scenarios:
1.Quickly restore AD FS functionality after a problem•Use the tool to create a cold standby installation of AD FS that can be quickly deployed in place of the online AD FS server

2.Deploy identical test and production environments•Use the tool to quickly create an accurate copy of the production AD FS in a test environment, or to quickly deploy a validated test configuration to production

What is backed up

The tool backs up the following AD FS configuration
•AD FS configuration database (SQL or WID)
•Configuration file (located in AD FS folder)
•Automatically generated token signing and decrypting certificates and private keys (from the Active Directory DKM container)
•SSL certificate and any externally enrolled certificates (token signing, token decryption and service communication) and corresponding private keys (note: private keys must be exportable and the user running the script must have permissions to access them)
•A list of the custom authentication providers, attribute stores, and local claims provider trusts that are installed.

Download and usage