Verified and Tested 03/31/2015


In this how-to will walk you through the Install of  Active Directory Federation Services Windows Server 2012.

Active Directory Federation Services or ADFS is a feature in Windows Server 2012 that grants access to multiple devices using a single login, with specified credentials.


– A Server with Windows Server 2012.  If you don’t have a server already, please consider a reliable VPS from Atlantic.Net.

Install Active Directory Federation Services

Open the Server Manager from the task bar.

From Server Manager Dashboard, select Add roles and features. This will launch the Roles and Features Wizard allowing for modifications to be performed on the Windows Server 2012 instance.

Select Add roles and features

Select Add roles and features


Note: If its the first time that you have entered this wizard, you will get a Before you Begin page. Review it and you can check the Skip this page by default box,  then click Next


Select Role-based or features-based installation from the Installation Type screen and click Next.

Select Role-based or feature-based installation

Select Role-based or feature-based installation


You will now have Select destination server page. Your server will be selected by default, so you can simply click Next to continue.

Select your server

Select your server


Select Active Directory Federation Services

Select Role

The Select Server Roles page appears. Select the Active Directory Federation Services check box, and then click Next.

Confirm the services to be installed.

Confirm Installation

Click Next in the Features Screen/ click Next in the Active Directory Federation Services Screen/ Confirm your Installation and click Install.

AD FS should now be visible via the Server Manager

Verify InstallationWindow

You can now see that the Active Directory Federations Services role is currently installed in your Server Manager Screen.

Congratulations! You have just Installed the Active Directory Federation Services in Windows Server 2012. Thank you for following along in this How-To and feel free to check back with us for any new updates.