ADFS 3.0 service hangs at startup on a domain controller

If you are facing the situation where the ADFS 3.0 (Active Directory Federation Services) service hangs after a restart, the reason might be that the "Microsoft Key Distribution Service" has not started up on-demand as needed by ADFS. This issue seems to occur when ADFS is hosted on a box that is also acting as a domain controller. A nice solution to this issue is to tie startup of "Microsoft Key Distribution Service" to network startup via the following command

  sc triggerinfo kdssvc start/networkon

as suggested in the following forum thread:

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Comments (1)

  1. chinkle says:

    Thank you! This saved my bacon…

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