BizTalk Server Configuration Warning: Enterprise SSO will be skipped due to validation error

I’m always “happy” to discover new errors and warnings regarding any technology day by day… but honestly, I try to avoid them! Today, actually a few hours ago, while helping a client to install the SSO Master Secret Server on a brand new BizTalk Server environment, we got the following unexpected warning:

Enterprise SSO (Will be skipped due to validation error:

Message: The secret backup file must be on removable media or on an NTFS file system

First of all, do not continue with the installation process if that option is available. In this case, luckily, the Next button is disabled.


In this particular case, we were trying to back up the secret backup file on a different location rather than the default specified folder. And for some reason, while copy and paste the path we put an incorrect and inexistence drive on the path, for example:

  • SD:\Program Files(x86)\…\SSoxxx.bat

And what we were trying to set up was:

  • D:\Program Files(x86)\…\SSoxxx.bat


The solution is simple:

  • Go back on the BizTalk Server Configuration wizard
  • On the main panel, select Enterprise SSO Secret Backup option on the left tree
  • and fix the path to the correct place to store the backup file
  • and finally, Apply Configuration

That will solve the above issue/warning.

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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