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Unable to read the AD FS configuration data from the database

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I've followed the Microsoft Office 365 documentation exactly for Single Sign On and I've setup two ADFS servers with a certificate from GoDaddy. I've setup the first server as the primary server in the farm. Both are configured with Network Load balancing on a single IP that's name is in DNS.

When I try to join the second server to the farm in the AD FS 2.0 Federation Server Configuration Wizard I get the error:

Unable to read the AD FS configuration data from the database. Error: An error occurred while receiving the HTTP response to http://mtsadfs1/adfs/services/policystoretransfer. This could be due to the service endpoint binding not using the HTTP protocol. This could also be due to an HTTP request context being aborted by the server (possibly due to the service shutting down). See server logs for more details.

Any ideas? I've logged this with Microsoft but it would be interesting to see if anybody else has experienced this problem?
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by:compdigit44
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Is the time correct on all servers? http://community.dynamics.com/product/crm/f/117/p/77503/143263.aspx

Is there a firewall in-between the servers? If so, have you check the firewall logs?

What errors are listed in the server event logs?
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Is you ADFS web service configured by HTTP or HTTPS? If HTTPS is used (which I think it is) then change the url from http://mtsadfs1/adfs/services/policystoretransfer to https://mtsadfs1/adfs/services/policystoretransfer

If you have followed the documentation then you should have changed you Site Binding from HTTP to HTTPs.
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Thanks for the suggestions. Eventually called Microsoft who helped me with the issue. It was partly to do with it being hosted on two Citrix VMs and the servers sharing a virtual network bond which ADFS didn't like and partly a bug with the ADFS install.
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Had to call MS for support who offered a reason but not really a solution.
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