Why Monitor the AD FS Server?
Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) provides a means for managing online identities and providing single sign-on capabilities. This is becoming important because of the transition being made from running applications on-premises to running applications in the cloud.
If a company subscribes to 10 different cloud-based applications, you would have to remember 20 different sets of credentials. Except for regular users, this would be a nightmare for administrative staff that will need to set up these many different accounts for every user and as well as for managing password resets.
It is these types of challenges that led AD FS to become so important and so widely adopted. But with wide usage, there is an increased need for the high availability and peak performance of AD FS!
Issues in AD FS - eg., frequent authentication failures - can cause irreparable damage to user experience with cloud applications. Also, with AD FS managing all online identities, it becomes a soft target for maalicious virus attacks/hacking attempts; as a result, cloud applications can be exposed to serious security risks. It is therefore imperative that the Active Directory Federation Server (AD FS Server), which is the epicenter of all authentication services offered by AD FS, be monitored continuously, and administrators proactively alerted to real/potential snags in its operations.