I’ve been working on getting a testable ADFS environment setup for evaluation and
development. Basically, because of laziness (and timeliness), I’m using Windows
Virtual PC to host Server 2008 guests for testing. I didn’t have the time to
setup a fully working x64 environment, so I couldn’t go to R2.
One of the issues I’ve been running into is that the Windows Service won’t start properly.
Or rather, at all. It’s running into a timing issue when running as Network
Service, as its timing out while waiting for a network connection. More Googling
with Bing returned the fix for me from here.
In the file [C:\Program Files\Active Directory Federation Services 2.0\Microsoft.IdentityServer.Servicehost.exe.config]
add this entry to it:
Other places have noted that this isn’t a problem on R2. I haven’t tested this
yet, so I don’t know if it’s true.