Deploy Work Folders with AD FS and Web Application Proxy: Step 5, Set-up Clients

Applies To: Windows Server 2016

This topic describes the fifth step in deploying Work Folders with Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) and Web Application Proxy. You can find the other steps in this process in these topics:

Use the following procedures to set up the domain-joined and non-domain joined Windows clients. You can use these clients to test whether files are syncing correctly between the clients' Work Folders.

Set up a domain-joined client

Install the AD FS and Work Folder certificates

You must install the AD FS and Work Folders certificates that you created earlier into the local computer certificate store on the domain-joined client machine.

Because you are installing self-signed certificates that can't be traced back to a publisher in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities certificate store, you must also copy the certificates to that store.

To install the certificates, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Run.

  2. Type MMC.

  3. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.

  4. In the Available snap-ins list, select Certificates, and then click Add. The Certificates Snap-in Wizard starts.

  5. Select Computer account, and then click Next.

  6. Select Local computer: (the computer this console is running on), and then click Finish.

  7. Click OK.

  8. Expand the folder Console Root\Certificates(Local Computer)\Personal\Certificates.

  9. Right-click Certificates, click All Tasks, and then click Import.

  10. Browse to the folder that contains the AD FS certificate, and follow the instructions in the wizard to import the file and place it in the certificate store.

  11. Repeat steps 9 and 10, this time browsing to the Work Folders certificate and importing it.

  12. Expand the folder Console Root\Certificates(Local Computer)\Trusted Root Certification Authorities\Certificates.

  13. Right-click Certificates, click All Tasks, and then click Import.

  14. Browse to the folder that contains the AD FS certificate, and follow the instructions in the wizard to import the file and place it in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store.

  15. Repeat steps 13 and 14, this time browsing to the Work Folders certificate and importing it.

Configure Work Folders on the client

To configure Work Folders on the client machine, follow these steps:

  1. On the client machine, open Control Panel and click Work Folders.

  2. Click Set up Work Folders.

  3. On the Enter your work email address page, enter either the user's email address (for example, user@contoso.com) or the Work Folders URL (in the test example, https://workfolders.contoso.com), and then click Next.

  4. If the user is connected to the corporate network, the authentication is performed by Windows Integrated Authentication. If the user is not connected to the corporate network, the authentication is performed by ADFS (OAuth) and the user will be prompted for credentials. Enter your credentials and click OK.

  5. After you have authenticated, the Introducing Work Folders page is displayed, where you can optionally change the Work Folders directory location. Click Next.

  6. The Security Policies page lists the security policies that you set up for Work Folders. Click Next.

  7. A message is displayed stating that Work Folders has started syncing with your PC. Click Close.

  8. The Manage Work Folders page shows the amount of space available on the server, sync status, and so on. If necessary, you can re-enter your credentials here. Close the window.

  9. Your Work Folders folder opens automatically. You can add content to this folder to sync between your devices.

    For the purpose of the test example, add a test file to this Work Folders folder. After you set up Work Folders on the non-domain-joined machine, you will be able to sync files between the Work Folders on each machine.

Set up a non-domain-joined client

Install the AD FS and Work Folder certificates

Install the AD FS and Work Folders certificates on the non-domain-joined machine, using the same procedure that you used for the domain-joined machine.

Update the hosts file

The hosts file on the non-domain-joined client must be updated for the test environment, because no public DNS records were created for Work Folders. Add these entries to the hosts file:

  • workfolders.domain

  • AD FS service name.domain

  • enterpriseregistration.domain

For the test example, use these values:

  • 10.0.0.10 workfolders.contoso.com

  • 10.0.0.10 blueadfs.contoso.com

  • 10.0.0.10 enterpriseregistration.contoso.com

Configure Work Folders on the client

Configure Work Folders on the non-domain-joined machine by using the same procedure that you used for the domain-joined machine.

When the new Work Folders folder opens on this client, you can see that the file from the domain-joined machine has already synced to the non-domain-joined machine. You can start adding content to the folder to sync between your devices.

This concludes the procedure for deploying Work Folders, AD FS and Web Application Proxy via the Windows Server UI.

See Also

Work Folders Overview