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Problem converting Office 365 domain to federated for ADFS 2.0

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Hello all,

I've been trying to get my organization switched over to Office 365.  We currently host our own Active Directory and Exchange 2010 servers on premise.  My plan is to fully setup ADFS 2.0 and a proxy to provide the authentication for our AD (we are going to disable the extended protection).

I've provisioned three servers thus far: two ADFS and one ADFS proxy.  I've already installed ADFS, a SQL Server instance, setup NLB, and connected the servers to SQL as a farm.  I've been trying to convert our (already verified) domain on Office 365 to be federated via PowerShell with the following command:

PS C:\Windows\system32> Convert-MsolDomainToFederated -DomainName example.com

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The problem is that I'm getting a Microsoft.Online.Administration.Automation.IdentityInternalServiceException  The specifics are:

CategoryInfo : NotSpecified: (:) [Convert-MsolToFederated], FederationException
FullyQualifiedErrorId : Microsoft.Online.Administration.Automation.IdentityInternalServiceException,MicrosoftOnline.Identity.Federation.Powershell.ConvertDomainToFederated

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Any help regarding this would be super helpful.  I'm really have a hard time getting this hybrid forest setup because of the ADFS and all that is involved.
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by:justinoleary911
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Where did you run the command Convert-MsolDomainToFederated?

If you are not running the command Convert-MsolDomainToFederated on your Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) server , it is required to connect to the ADFS server first by running the following command:

Set-MsolADFSContext –Computer <AD FS 2.0 server name>

I suggest running the command Convert-MsolDomainToFederated on your ADFS server directly. For your reference, I provide the information about how to deploy Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 and configure Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell as below:

Plan for and deploy Active Directory Federation Services 2.0 for use with single sign-on
http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/Office365-enterprises/ff652539.aspx

Install and configure the Microsoft Online Services Module for Windows PowerShell for single sign-on
http://onlinehelp.microsoft.com/en-us/Office365-enterprises/ff652560.aspx
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by:jbcsystech
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Hello Justin,

Thanks for your quick response.  I've actually been following those guides you posted along with some others.  I ran the command from one of my ADFS servers, actually.  Now I have them setup as ADFS1 and ADFS2 with NLB.  I have SQL Server running on ADFS1.

Some of a guides I've been following for your reference:
http://www.stevieg.org/2012/05/configuring-ad-fs-2-with-tmg-based-sso-to-office-365/
http://jorgerdiaz.wordpress.com/2011/04/20/office-365-configuring-ad-fs/
http://blog.msresource.net/2011/05/23/deploying-a-federation-server-with-a-sql-database/
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We actually had a customer with this issue and it was solved by changing the domain password policy to the default one:

Set-MsolPasswordPolicy -ValidityPeriod 90 -NotificationDays 14 -DomainName domain.com

let me know if this helps
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by:jbcsystech
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That was it!  Thanks so much.
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by:Joel Parmer
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Holy!  That would NEVER have crossed my mind but that did the trick.  Thanks!
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