Validate and Deploy Multi-factor Authentication (MFA)


As of July 1, 2019, Microsoft will no longer offer MFA Server for new deployments. New customers who would like to require multi-factor authentication from their users should use cloud-based Azure Multi-Factor Authentication. Existing customers who have activated MFA Server prior to July 1 will be able to download the latest version, future updates and generate activation credentials as usual.

Applies to

  • Windows 10, version 1703 or later
  • On-premises deployment
  • Key trust

Windows Hello for Business requires all users perform multi-factor authentication prior to creating and registering a Windows Hello for Business credential. On-premises deployments can use certificates, third-party authentication providers for AD FS, or a custom authentication provider for AD FS as an on-premises MFA option.

For information on available third-party authentication methods see Configure Additional Authentication Methods for AD FS. For creating a custom authentication method see Build a Custom Authentication Method for AD FS in Windows Server

Follow the integration and deployment guide for the authentication provider you select to integrate and deploy it to AD FS. Make sure that the authentication provider is selected as a multi-factor authentication option in the AD FS authentication policy. For information on configuring AD FS authentication policies see Configure Authentication Policies.

Follow the Windows Hello for Business on premises certificate trust deployment guide

  1. Validate Active Directory prerequisites
  2. Validate and Configure Public Key Infrastructure
  3. Prepare and Deploy Windows Server 2016 Active Directory Federation Services
  4. Validate and Deploy Multifactor Authentication Services (MFA) (You are here)
  5. Configure Windows Hello for Business Policy settings