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Single Sign-on / Federation Help for a noob?

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I've been doing AD and MS Networking for 10 years, but I'm completely new to federation and single sign-on.  I have a single forest/domain that I'd like to setup with 365.  Could someone provide either a nice concise step-by-step or some similar documents to help me get through the process?
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  • Hello Skarkroe,

    I would be happy to provide you with some documentation links.

    For basic info on Identity Federation check out "Single sign-on: Roadmap" at

    “Identity federation implementation guide for the Office 365 environment” at is an awesome document with lots of details including how to validate and troubleshoot for each step.

    Are you planning on using co-existence?  Do you have a migration plan?  Check out this document:

    "Exchange Hybrid Deployment and Migration with Office 365" at, which has a good overview of the various co-existence and migration types.


    Check out the Exchange Server Deployment Assistant at  This will create a custom doc with lots of details on migrating to the cloud.  You can get a printout by using the Download Checklist link after answering the questions.

    Give these a try and let us know if you have more questions.

    Thank you,

    Todd Douglass - MSFT Support Engineer