Tutorial: Configure hybrid Azure Active Directory join for federated domains
Like a user in your organization, a device is a core identity you want to protect. You can use a device's identity to protect your resources at any time and from any location. You can accomplish this goal by bringing device identities and managing them in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) by using one of the following methods:
- Azure AD join
- Hybrid Azure AD join
- Azure AD registration
Bringing your devices to Azure AD maximizes user productivity through single sign-on (SSO) across your cloud and on-premises resources. You can secure access to your cloud and on-premises resources with Conditional Access at the same time.
In this tutorial, you learn how to configure hybrid Azure AD join for Active Directory domain-joined computers devices in a federated environment by using Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).
If your federated environment uses an identity provider other than AD FS, you must ensure that your identity provider supports the WS-Trust protocol. WS-Trust is required to authenticate your Windows current hybrid Azure AD joined devices with Azure AD. If you have Windows downlevel devices that you want to hybrid Azure AD join, your identity provider must support the WIAORMULTIAUTHN claim.
You learn how to:
- Configure hybrid Azure AD join
- Enable Windows downlevel devices
- Verify the registration
This tutorial assumes that you'e familiar with these articles:
- What is a device identity?
- How to plan your hybrid Azure AD join implementation
- How to do controlled validation of hybrid Azure AD join
To configure the scenario in this tutorial, you need:
- Windows Server 2012 R2 with AD FS
- Azure AD Connect version 1.1.819.0 or later
Beginning with version 1.1.819.0, Azure AD Connect includes a wizard that you can use to configure hybrid Azure AD join. The wizard significantly simplifies the configuration process. The related wizard:
- Configures the service connection points (SCPs) for device registration
- Backs up your existing Azure AD relying party trust
- Updates the claim rules in your Azure AD trust
The configuration steps in this article are based on using the Azure AD Connect wizard. If you have an earlier version of Azure AD Connect installed, you must upgrade it to 1.1.819 or later to use the wizard. If installing the latest version of Azure AD Connect isn't an option for you, see how to manually configure hybrid Azure AD join.
Hybrid Azure AD join requires devices to have access to the following Microsoft resources from inside your organization's network:
- Your organization's Security Token Service (STS) (For federated domains)
https://autologon.microsoftazuread-sso.com(If you use or plan to use seamless SSO)
Beginning with Windows 10 1803, if the instantaneous hybrid Azure AD join for a federated environment by using AD FS fails, we rely on Azure AD Connect to sync the computer object in Azure AD that's subsequently used to complete the device registration for hybrid Azure AD join. Verify that Azure AD Connect has synced the computer objects of the devices you want to be hybrid Azure AD joined to Azure AD. If the computer objects belong to specific organizational units (OUs), you must also configure the OUs to sync in Azure AD Connect. To learn more about how to sync computer objects by using Azure AD Connect, see Configure filtering by using Azure AD Connect.
If your organization requires access to the internet via an outbound proxy, Microsoft recommends implementing Web Proxy Auto-Discovery (WPAD) to enable Windows 10 computers for device registration with Azure AD. If you encounter issues configuring and managing WPAD, see Troubleshoot automatic detection.
If you don't use WPAD and want to configure proxy settings on your computer, you can do so beginning with Windows 10 1709. For more information, see Configure WinHTTP settings by using a group policy object (GPO).
If you configure proxy settings on your computer by using WinHTTP settings, any computers that can't connect to the configured proxy will fail to connect to the internet.
If your organization requires access to the internet via an authenticated outbound proxy, you must make sure that your Windows 10 computers can successfully authenticate to the outbound proxy. Because Windows 10 computers run device registration by using machine context, you must configure outbound proxy authentication by using machine context. Follow up with your outbound proxy provider on the configuration requirements.
Configure hybrid Azure AD join
To configure a hybrid Azure AD join by using Azure AD Connect, you need:
- The credentials of a global administrator for your Azure AD tenant
- The enterprise administrator credentials for each of the forests
- The credentials of your AD FS administrator
To configure a hybrid Azure AD join by using Azure AD Connect:
Start Azure AD Connect, and then select Configure.
On the Additional tasks page, select Configure device options, and then select Next.
On the Overview page, select Next.
On the Connect to Azure AD page, enter the credentials of a global administrator for your Azure AD tenant, and then select Next.
On the Device options page, select Configure Hybrid Azure AD join, and then select Next.
On the SCP page, complete the following steps, and then select Next:
- Select the forest.
- Select the authentication service. You must select AD FS server unless your organization has exclusively Windows 10 clients and you have configured computer/device sync, or your organization uses seamless SSO.
- Select Add to enter the enterprise administrator credentials.
On the Device operating systems page, select the operating systems that the devices in your Active Directory environment use, and then select Next.
On the Federation configuration page, enter the credentials of your AD FS administrator, and then select Next.
On the Ready to configure page, select Configure.
On the Configuration complete page, select Exit.
Enable Windows downlevel devices
If some of your domain-joined devices are Windows downlevel devices, you must:
- Configure the local intranet settings for device registration
- Install Microsoft Workplace Join for Windows downlevel computers
Configure the local intranet settings for device registration
To successfully complete hybrid Azure AD join of your Windows downlevel devices and to avoid certificate prompts when devices authenticate to Azure AD, you can push a policy to your domain-joined devices to add the following URLs to the local intranet zone in Internet Explorer:
- Your organization's STS (For federated domains)
https://autologon.microsoftazuread-sso.com(For seamless SSO)
You also must enable Allow updates to status bar via script in the user’s local intranet zone.
Install Microsoft Workplace Join for Windows downlevel computers
To register Windows downlevel devices, organizations must install Microsoft Workplace Join for non-Windows 10 computers. Microsoft Workplace Join for non-Windows 10 computers is available in the Microsoft Download Center.
You can deploy the package by using a software distribution system like System Center Configuration Manager. The package supports the standard silent installation options with the
quiet parameter. The current branch of Configuration Manager offers benefits over earlier versions, like the ability to track completed registrations.
The installer creates a scheduled task on the system that runs in the user context. The task is triggered when the user signs in to Windows. The task silently joins the device with Azure AD by using the user credentials after it authenticates with Azure AD.
Verify the registration
When you use the Get-MSolDevice cmdlet to check the service details:
- An object with the device ID that matches the ID on the Windows client must exist.
- The value for DeviceTrustType must be Domain Joined. This setting is equivalent to the Hybrid Azure AD joined state under Devices in the Azure AD portal.
- For devices that are used in Conditional Access, the value for Enabled must be True and DeviceTrustLevel must be Managed.
To check the service details:
- Open Windows PowerShell as an administrator.
Connect-MsolServiceto connect to your Azure tenant.
get-msoldevice -deviceId <deviceId>.
- Verify that Enabled is set to True.
Troubleshoot your implementation
If you experience issues with completing hybrid Azure AD join for domain-joined Windows devices, see:
- Troubleshoot hybrid Azure AD join for Windows current devices
- Troubleshoot hybrid Azure AD join for Windows downlevel devices
Learn how to manage device identities by using the Azure portal.