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Unable to connect to Microsoft Federation Gateway

Posted on 2014-01-28
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Hello,

I'm having an issue connecting to the Microsoft Federation Gateway using Exchange 2010 SP3 RU4. The Federation has existed for months without issue and recently lost connection. Autodiscover is working as normal and all certificates are up to date (Federation Certificate is Self-Signed as per Microsoft Recommendation). Running Test-FederationTrust -verbose returns this error.

Test-FederationTrust : Failed to retrieve Federation Metadata from the Microsoft Federation Gateway. This operation will be retried in a few seconds. Last error: System.Net.WebException: The underlying connection was closed: Could not establish trust relationship for the SSl/TLS secure channel. System.Security.Authentication.AuthenticationException: The remote certificate is invalid according to the validation procedure

I have tried removing the Federation but the same error occurs on that CMDLET as well.

Any help is appreciated.
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by:nick2253
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Somehow there's a problem is authenticating the connection.

Double check that your connection settings between the services are set to both use (or not use) encryption, etc.
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by:michd
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According to Microsoft Technet the connection should be going outbound over 443 and coming back in using Autodiscover service. I have tested the Autodiscover service using https://testconnectivity.microsoft.com/ and verified that traffic over 443 is allowed out from the Exchange servers and all appears well traffic wise.

Any other ideas?
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michd earned 0 total points
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Ended up speaking with Microsoft Support on the issue. The root cause was that both local Exchange servers did not trust the SSL cert on the Microsoft Federation Gateway. Solution was to export the cert and import it onto each server
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The issue was resolved through Microsoft support and my comment provides the solution.
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