Case Study

Migration from ADFS to Azure Application Proxy to improve Business Continuity and Performance

The pain

Approx 500 remote users could not reliably access internally hosted SQL Server Reporting Services due to the failing ADFS.


A leading College asked us to help with the failing Active Directory Federation Services that was stopping remote users from accessing internal resources, especially SQL Server Reporting Services. The issue impacted approx 500 users during the lockdown, significantly impacting Business Continuity and productivity.


After careful analysis and in line with the College’s cloud-first approach, we proposed implementing the Azure Application Proxy and decommissioning the existing Active Directory Federation Services.


Reduced on-prem hardware footprint and reduced maintenance and support requirements

Increased Security by handing off authentication from on-prem ADFS to highly secure Microsoft Azure Active Directory

Increased Security by removing inbound external traffic to on-prem services

Increased Business Continuity by leveraging Azure’s Distributed end-points for load balancing

Increased performance and resilience by implementing multiple proxies.

Implemented with minimal downtime and a minimal distraction to existing users.

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