Enable support for TLS 1.2 in your environment for Azure AD TLS 1.1 and 1.0 deprecation

We will soon remove support in Azure Active Directory for the following services:

  • TLS 1.1
  • TLS 1.0
  • 3DES cipher suite (TLS_RSA_WITH_3DES_EDE_CBC_SHA)

These protocols and ciphers are being deprecated for the following reasons:

The services will be deprecated on the following dates:

  • TLS 1.0, 1.1 and 3DES Cipher suite in U.S. government instances starting on March 31, 2021.
  • TLS 1.0, 1.1 and 3DES Cipher suite in public instances starting June 30, 2021.

Enable support for TLS 1.2 in your environment

To maintain a secure connection to Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and Microsoft 365 services, make sure that your client apps and client and server operating system (OS) are enabled for TLS 1.2 and modern cipher suites that have client-server and browser-server combinations.

Guidelines for enabling TLS 1.2 on clients

  • Update Windows and the default TLS that you use for "WinHTTP."
  • Identify and reduce you dependency on the client apps and operating systems that don’t support TLS 1.2.
  • Enable TLS 1.2 on common server roles that communicate with Azure AD.
  • Update and configure your .NET Framework installation to support TLS 1.2.
  • Ensure applications and Powershell, using Azure AD Graph and Microsoft Graph, are hosted and run on a platform that supports TLS 1.2.
  • Make sure that you use the latest updated browser. We recommend that you use the new Microsoft Edge browser (based on Google Chromium). For more information, see the Microsoft Edge release notes for Stable Channel.
  • Make sure that your web proxy supports TLS 1.2. For more information about how to update a web proxy, check with the vendor of your app proxy solution.

For more information, see the following articles:

Native support for Windows operating systems and servers

Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 10, Windows Server 2016, and later versions of Windows natively support TLS 1.2 for client-server communications over WinHTTP. Verify that you have not explicitly disabled TLS 1.2 on these platforms.

By default, earlier versions of Windows, such as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2012, don't enable TLS 1.2 or TLS 1.1 for secure communications by using WinHTTP. For these earlier versions of Windows, install Update 3140245 to enable the registry values from the Enable TLS 1.2 section. You can configure those values to add TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.1 to the default secure protocols list for WinHTTP.

For more information, see How to enable TLS 1.2 on clients.

Identify and reduce dependency on clients that don't support TLS 1.2

Update the following clients to provide uninterrupted access:

  • Android version 4.3 and earlier
  • Firefox version 5.0 and earlier
  • Internet Explorer versions 8-10 on Windows 7 and earlier
  • Internet Explorer 10 on Windows Phone 8.0
  • Safari 6.0.4 on OS X 10.8.4 and earlier

For more information, see Handshake Simulation for various clients connecting to www.microsoft.com, courtesy SSLLabs.com.

Enable TLS 1.2 common server roles that communicate with Azure AD

Although TLS 1.2 is enabled by default on the supported Windows versions that are later than Windows 2012 R2, you may want to explicitly add the registry values from the "Enable TLS 1.2" section on the Windows server roles that interact with Azure AD, such as the following:

  • Azure AD Connect (version and later enforce TLS 1.2)

  • Azure AD Connect Authentication Agent (pass-through authentication) (version 1.5.643.0 and later)

  • Azure Application Proxy (version 1.5.1526.0 and later enforce TLS 1.2)

  • Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) for servers that are configured to use Azure Multi-Factor Authentication (Azure MFA)

  • NPS servers that are configured to use the NPS extension for Azure AD MFA

  • MFA Server version 8.x or higher

  • Azure AD Password Protection proxy service


    We highly recommend that you run a recent version of the agent, service, or connector.

For more information, see the following articles:

Enable TLS 1.2

Registry strings

Make sure that the following registry DWORD values are configured for these subkeys:

  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Client

    • "DisabledByDefault": 00000000
    • "Enabled": 00000001
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\SecurityProviders\SCHANNEL\Protocols\TLS 1.2\Server

    • "DisabledByDefault": 00000000
    • "Enabled": 00000001
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft.NETFramework\v4.0.30319

    • "SchUseStrongCrypto": 00000001

To enable TLS 1.2, use the PowerShell script that's provided in TLS 1.2 enforcement for Azure AD Connect.

Update and configure .NET Framework to support TLS 1.2

Dependencies might include managed applications and Windows PowerShell scripts (by using Azure AD PowerShell V1 (Microsoft Online), V2 (Azure Active Directory), or Microsoft graph) by using .NET Framework.

Install .NET updates to enable strong cryptography

Some versions of .NET Framework might have to be updated in order to enable strong cryptography.

Use these guidelines:

  • NET Framework 4.6.2 and later versions support TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.1. You should verify the registry settings. However, no additional changes are required.

  • Update NET Framework 4.6 and earlier versions to support TLS 1.2 and TLS 1.1.

    For more information, see .NET Framework versions and dependencies.

  • If you're using .NET Framework 4.5.2 or 4.5.1 on Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012, the relevant updates and details are also available from the Microsoft Download Center.

Set the following registry DWORD values on any computer that communicates across the network and runs a TLS 1.2-enabled system. For example, set these values on Configuration Manager clients, remote site system roles that are not installed on the site server, and the site server itself.

  • For 32-bit applications that are running on a 32-bit OS and 64-bit applications that are running on a 64-bit OS, update the following subkey values:

    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft.NETFramework\v2.0.50727

      • "SystemDefaultTlsVersions": 00000001
      • "SchUseStrongCrypto": 00000001
    • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft.NETFramework\v4.0.30319

      • "SystemDefaultTlsVersions": 00000001
      • "SchUseStrongCrypto": 00000001

For more information, see the following articles: