Active Directory Federation Services Sensor Setup Overview
The Active Directory Federation Services Sensor (ADFS Sensor) is a multi-part sensor providing both Active Monitoring as well as performance counter collection for diagnostics.
Multi-part sensors enable customers with smaller environments to deploy a single sensor that both actively tests the ADFS infrastructure as well as provide diagnosis of the environment when things go wrong. For larger customers with distributed networks and infrastructure components, multi-part sensors enable Active Monitoring from various locations but selective performance counter collection closest to the target servers.
Configuring an ADFS Sensor
Configuring an ADFS sensor requires information about the names and locations of the ADFS servers.
Performance Data Collection
CloudReady Monitor requires read-only administrative access to the ADFS servers in order to capture detailed performance statistics for troubleshooting and diagnostics. The ADFS sensor uses both remote performance data collection through PDH counters as well as remote WMI to collect performance information.
For this multi-part sensor, you only need to collect performance information from a single location but can still actively monitor from multiple-locations. If you don't want to collect performance information for this sensor then deselect the 'Enable performance collection' check-box.
ADFS Active Monitoring
CloudReady Monitor executes a lightweight SAML transaction against the supplied ADFS server and records the time it takes to execute the transaction as well as its success or failure. Customers can be notified of when the synthetic transaction fails to proactively investigate the problem before it becomes a problem for end-users and employees.
Additionally, the Active Monitor provides a reliable baseline for measuring the performance and health of your ADFS infrastructure. Combined with the performance metrics from the systems customers can quickly diagnose they health of the critical ADFS servers.
For this multi-part sensor, customers can configure Active Monitors from different LANs and network locations but collect performance metrics from CloudReady Monitor locations that are closest to the ADFS servers. To enable ADFS Active Monitoring for this sensor select the 'Enable active monitoring' checkbox and fill out the required fields.
Click next when all of the required fields are completed and CloudReady will validate the configuration of the sensor. If errors are detected return and make corrections until the validation succeeds.
For More Information
Additional information about how to work with ADFS2.0 and Windows Authentication can be found in the following blog articles and links: