Azure AD Connect: Use a SAML 2.0 identity provider for simple sign-in: Azure: Microsoft Sign in (2023)

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This document provides information on using a SAML 2.0 compliant SP-Lite profile-based identity provider as a security token service (STS)/preferred identity provider. This script is useful when you already have an internal home directory and password store accessible with SAML 2.0. This existing user directory can be used to sign in to Microsoft 365 and other secure Azure AD resources. The SAML 2.0 SP-Lite profile builds on the widely used identity standard in Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) to provide a framework for connecting and exchanging attributes.


For a list of third-party Idps that have been tested for use with Azure AD, seeCompatibility list for Azure AD federation

Microsoft supports this sign-in experience as an integration of a Microsoft cloud service, such as Microsoft 365, with the properly configured IdP based on a SAML 2.0 profile. SAML 2.0 identity providers are third-party products, so Microsoft does not support implementation, configuration, and troubleshooting best practices. Once configured correctly, the integration with the SAML 2.0 identity provider can be tested for proper configuration using the Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer tool, described in more detail below. For more information on the SAML 2.0 SP-Lite profile-based identity provider, contact the organization that provided it.


Only a limited number of clients are available in this connection scenario with SAML 2.0 identity providers, such as:

  • Web-based clients like Outlook Web Access and SharePoint Online
  • Rich email clients that use basic authentication and a supported Exchange access method, such as IMAP, POP, Active Sync, MAPI, etc. (Enhanced client protocol endpoint to be developed), which includes:
    • Microsoft Outlook 2010/Outlook 2013/Outlook 2016, Apple iPhone (different iOS versions)
    • Various Google Android devices
    • Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 7.8 y Windows Phone 8.0
    • Windows 8 Mail Client and Windows 8.1 Mail Client
    • Windows 10 mail client

All other clients are not available in this SAML 2.0 identity provider connection scenario. For example, the Lync 2010 desktop client cannot connect to the service if the SAML 2.0 identity provider is configured for single sign-on.

Requirements for the Azure AD SAML 2.0 protocol

This document provides detailed message format and protocol requirements that the SAML 2.0 identity provider must implement to integrate with Azure AD to enable connectivity to one or more Microsoft cloud services (such as Microsoft 365). The SAML 2.0 Relying Party (SP-STS) for a Microsoft cloud service used in this scenario is Azure AD.

It is recommended that you ensure that the output messages from the SAML 2.0 identity provider are as close as possible to the provided sample traces. Also use specific attribute values ​​from the provided Azure AD metadata where possible. Once you are satisfied with your output messages, you can test with Microsoft Connectivity Analyzer as described below.

Azure AD metadata can be downloaded from this URL: customers in China using the Microsoft 365 China instance, the following unified endpoint should be used:

Frozen SAML protocol

This section describes how to create request and response message pairs to help you format your messages correctly.

Azure AD can be configured to work with identity providers using the SAML 2.0 SP Lite profile with some specific requirements listed below. Using sample SAML request and response messages, along with automated and manual tests, you can work on interop with Azure AD.

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Signature block requirements

Within the SAML response message, the signature node contains digital signature information for the message itself. The signature block has the following requirements:

  1. The assurance node itself must be signed
  2. The RSA-sha1 algorithm should be used as the DigestMethod. Other digital signature algorithms are not accepted.
  3. You can also sign the XML document.
  4. The transformation algorithm must match the values ​​in the following example:
  5. The SignatureMethod algorithm should match the following example:


To improve security, the SHA-1 algorithm has been removed. Be sure to use a more secure algorithm like SHA-256. More informationcan be found.

supported links

The links are the necessary communication parameters related to the transport. The following requirements apply to promises

  1. HTTPS is the required transport.
  2. Azure AD requires HTTP POST to send tokens at login.
  3. Azure AD uses HTTP POST for the authentication request to the identity provider and REDIRECT for the logout message to the identity provider.

Required features

This table shows the requirements for specific attributes in the SAML 2.0 message.

name idThe value of this assertion must be the same as the ImmutableID of the Azure AD user. It can contain up to 64 alphanumeric characters. All non-HTML safe characters must be encoded, for example a "+" character will be displayed as ".2B".
IDPE mailThe User Principal Name (UPN) appears in the SAML response as an element named IDPEmail The User Principal Name (UPN) of the user in Azure AD/Microsoft 365. The UPN is in the format of an email address. UPN value in Windows Microsoft 365 (Azure Active Directory).
EditorMust be an identity provider URI. Do not reuse the publisher from the sample messages. If you have multiple top-level domains in your Azure AD tenants, the publisher must match the specified URI settings configured per domain.


Azure AD currently supports the following NameID URI format for SAML 2.0: urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:persistent.

SAML Request and Response Message Examples

A pair of request and response messages appear for the connection messaging. The following is an example of a request message sent by Azure AD to a sample SAML 2.0 identity provider. The sample SAML 2.0 identity provider is Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) configured to use the SAML-P protocol. Interoperability testing with other SAML 2.0 identity providers has also been performed.


The following is an example message response sent by the sample SAML 2.0 compliant identity provider in Azure AD/Microsoft 365.    < ds:URI de referencia="#_7e3c1bcd-f180-4f78-83e1-7680920793aa">     CBn/5YqbheaJP425c0pHva9PhNY=   TciWMyHW2ZODrh/2xrvp5ggmcHBFEd9vrp6DY XP +hZWJzmXMmzwmwS8KNRJKy8H7XqBsdELA1Msqi8I3TmWdnoIRfM/ZAyUppo8suMu3XE2HW0z/bon rjca6JQ8gAV1ErwvRWDpyMcwdYCiWALv9Sc bkAcebOE1s1JctZ5RB XggdZWrYi72X+I4i6WgyZcIGai/rZ4v2otoWAEHS0y1yh1qT7NDPpl88FKvNfUDa PgKlKrOMZnD1lCGsViimGY+LSuIdY45MLmyaa5UT4KWph6dA==   MIIC7jCCAdagAwIBAgIQRrjsbFPaXIlOG3GTv50fkjANBgkqhkiG9w0BAQsFDAzMTEwLwYDVQQDEyhBREZTIFNpZ25pbmcgLSBXUzIwMTJSMi0ZMT4MBD3Mi0W5MbD3Mi0W5Mb1 yMDE1MTY0MFoXDTE1MDEyM DE1MTY0MFowMzExMC8GA1UEAxMoQURGUyBTaWduaW5nIC0gV1MyMDEyUjItMC5zd2luZm9ybWVyLmNvbTCCASIwDQYCADQNAggKoZEBCA Xy1QwCwZwqgbbp1/+3ZWxd9T/jV0hpLIIWr+LCOHqq8n8beJvlivg LmDJo8f+EITnAxWcsJUvVai/35AhHCUq9tc9sqMp5PWtabAEMb2XW72DQ1XW72DQ1QW2Q2Q1QBQ1Q1 nSgvlWDHlCiUo//UGsvfox01kjTFlmqQInsJVfRxF5AcCAwEAATANBgkqhkiG9w 0BAQsFAAOCAQEAi8c6C4zaTEc7aQiUgvnGQgCbMZbhUjkWFLXKS7SQeNJBhUXWXQSQe fT5wJ gsm3TPKgSehGAOTirhcqHheZyvBObAScY7GOT+u9pVYp6raFrc7ez3c+CGHeV/tNvy1hJNs12FYH4 X+ZCNFIT9tprieR25NCdi5SWUbPZL0tVYp6xJqJs mSBzZZIkvDg 7gfPSUXHVS1MQs0RHSbwq/XdQocUUhl9/e/YWCbNNxlM84BxFsBUok1dH /gzBySx+Fc8zYi7cOq9yaBT3RLT6cGmZWLPGVCV Si ==    ABCDEG1234567890       urn:federation:MicrosoftOnline     urn : oasis : names : tc : SAML : 2.0 : ac : classes : PasswordProtectedTransport    

Set up your SAML 2.0 compliant identity provider

This section provides guidance on how to configure your SAML 2.0 identity provider to combine with Azure AD to enable single sign-on access to one or more Microsoft cloud services (such as Microsoft 365) using the SAML 2.0 protocol. The SAML 2.0 relying party for a Microsoft cloud service used in this scenario is Azure AD.

The SAML 2.0 identity provider must comply with Azure AD relying party information. Azure AD publishes metadata to

It is recommended to always import the latest metadata from Azure AD when configuring your SAML 2.0 identity provider.


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Azure AD doesn't read the identity provider metadata.

Add Azure AD as a dependent party

You must enable communication between your SAML 2.0 identity provider and Azure AD. This configuration depends on the specific identity provider and you should refer to the documentation. Typically, you set the dependent ID to the same value as the Azure AD metadata entity ID.


Make sure that the SAML 2.0 identity provider's server clock is synchronized with an accurate time source. An inaccurate clock time can cause federated connections to fail.

Install the Windows PowerShell Identity Provider Connector for SAML 2.0

After configuring your SAML 2.0 identity provider for use with Azure AD sign-in, the next step is to download and install the Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell. Once installed, use these cmdlets to configure your Azure AD domains as federated domains.

The Azure Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell is a download for managing your organization's data in Azure AD. This module installs a set of cmdlets in Windows PowerShell. Run these cmdlets to configure single sign-on access to Azure AD and then to all cloud services you've subscribed to. For instructions on how to download and install the cmdlets, see/versiones-anteriores/azure/jj151815(v=azure.100)

Establish a trust relationship between the SAML identity provider and Azure AD

Before federation can be configured in an Azure AD domain, a custom domain must be configured. You cannot merge the default domain provided by Microsoft. Microsoft's default domain ends in "". Runs a series of cmdlets in the Windows PowerShell CLI to add or resolve individual login domains.

Any Azure Active Directory domain that you want to associate with the SAML 2.0 identity provider must be added as a login domain or converted to a single sign-on domain from a default domain. Adding or converting a domain establishes a trust relationship between the SAML 2.0 identity provider and Azure AD.

The following procedure will help you convert an existing default domain to a unified domain using SAML 2.0 SP-Lite.


Your domain may experience an outage that affects users for up to 2 hours after completing this step.

Set up a domain in your Azure AD directory for federation

  1. Sign in to your Azure AD directory as a tenant administrator:
  1. Configure your preferred Microsoft 365 domain to use federation with SAML 2.0:
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  1. You can get the base64-encoded signing certificate chain from the IDP metadata file. An example of this location is provided, but it may vary slightly depending on your implementation.
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For more information about "Set-MsolDomainAuthentication", see:/versiones-anteriores/azure/dn194112(v=azure.100).


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You should use$ecpUrl = ""only if you have configured an ECP extension for your identity provider. Exchange Online clients, with the exception of Outlook Web App (OWA), rely on a POST-based active endpoint. If your SAML 2.0 STS implements a live endpoint similar to the ECP implementation of a live Shibboleth endpoint, these rich clients might be able to communicate with the Exchange Online service.

Once federation is set up, you can switch back to "unfederated" (or "managed"), but this change takes up to two hours and requires assigning new random cloud-based login passwords to each user. In some scenarios, you may need to go back to "managed" to reset a bug in your settings. For more information on domain conversion, see:/versiones-anteriores/azure/dn194122(v=azure.100).

Provide basic user concepts for Azure AD/Microsoft 365

Before you can authenticate your users to Microsoft 365, you need to provide Azure AD with user principals that match the SAML 2.0 claim assertion. If these user principals are not known in advance in Azure AD, they cannot be used for federated sign-in. Azure AD Connect or Windows PowerShell can be used to provide user principals.

Azure AD Connect can be used to provision your domains to Azure AD Directory from your internal Active Directory. For more detailed information, seeIntegreer uw on-premises con Azure Active Directory.

Windows PowerShell can also be used to automate adding new users to Azure AD and syncing changes from the local directory. To use Windows PowerShell cmdlets, you must install theAzure Active Directory Modules.

This procedure shows you how to add a single user to Azure AD.

  1. Connect to your Azure AD directory as a tenant administrator: Connect-MsolService.

  2. Create a new user authority:

    Nuevo -msoluser `-userprincipalname` -immutableid abcdefg1234567890 `-displayname" eLwood folk "` -firstname elwood `-lastname folk` -Alatternailes "elwood.folk@contosocococoades

For more information on the "New-MsolUser" background,/versiones-anteriores/azure/dn194096(v=azure.100)


The "UserPrincipalName" value must match the value you send for "IDPEmail" in the SAML 2.0 claim, and the "ImmutableID" value must match the value sent in the "NameID" assertion.

Verify single sign-on with your SAML 2.0 IDP

Before authenticating and managing single sign-on (also known as federated identity), as an administrator, you should review the information and complete the steps in the following articles to configure single sign-on with your SAML 2.0 SP-based identity provider. light:

  1. You have reviewed the Azure AD SAML 2.0 protocol requirements
  2. You have configured the SAML 2.0 identity provider
  3. Install Windows PowerShell to simply connect to your SAML 2.0 identity provider
  4. Establish a trust relationship between your SAML 2.0 identity provider and Azure AD
  5. A well-known user proof authority provided in Azure Active Directory (Microsoft 365) via Windows PowerShell or Azure AD Connect.
  6. Set up directory synchronization usingAzure AD connection.

After you configure single sign-on with your SAML 2.0 SP-Lite-based identity provider, make sure it works correctly.


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If you converted a domain instead of adding one, it can take up to 24 hours to set up single sign-on. Before you can verify single sign-on, you must complete Active Directory synchronization setup, synchronize your directories, and synchronize your users.

Use the tool to check if single sign-on is set up correctly

To verify that single sign-on is set up correctly, you can perform the following procedure to confirm that you can connect to the cloud service using your corporate credentials.

Microsoft has provided a tool that you can use to test your SAML 2.0-based identity provider. Before running the tester, you must have configured an Azure AD tenant to federate with your identity provider.


Connectivity Analyzer requires Internet Explorer 10 or later.

  1. download itConnectiviteitsanalysator.

  2. Click Install Now to begin downloading and installing the tool.

  3. Select "I can't integrate with Office 365, Azure, or other services that use Azure Active Directory."

  4. Once the tool has been downloaded and run, you will see the Connectivity Diagnostics window. The tool guides you through testing your federation connection.

  5. Connectivity Analyzer opens the SAML 2.0 IDP so that you can connect and enter the credentials of the primary user you are testing:

    Azure AD Connect: Use a SAML 2.0 identity provider for simple sign-in: Azure: Microsoft Sign in (1)

  6. The Federation Connection Test window requires you to enter an account name and password for the Azure AD tenant that is configured to federate with the SAML 2.0 identity provider. The tool attempts to connect with these credentials, and detailed results of the tests run during the connection attempt are provided as output.

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  7. This window shows a failed test result. Clicking View Detailed Results displays information about the results of each test run. You can also save the results to disk for sharing.


The Connectivity Analyzer also tests Active Federation using the WS*-based protocols and the ECP/PAOS protocols. If you don't use it, you can ignore the following error: Test the active connection flow using the Active Federation endpoint of your identity provider.

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Manually check if single sign-on is configured correctly

Manual verification provides additional steps you can take to ensure that your SAML 2.0 identity provider works correctly in many scenarios. Perform the following steps to ensure that single sign-on is configured correctly:

  1. On a domain-joined computer, sign in to the cloud service with the same login name you use for your corporate credentials.
  2. Click on the password box. If single sign-on is configured, the password box will be grayed out and the following message will appear: "You must now sign in to."
  3. Click the Sign In link. If you can connect, a simple login is set up.

Next steps

  • Manage and customize Active Directory federation services with Azure AD Connect
  • Compatibility list for Azure AD federation
  • Azure AD Connect custom configuration


How to configure SAML 2.0 in Azure AD? ›

To configure Azure AD as the SAML 2.0 provider
  1. Select Add provider for your website.
  2. For Login provider, select Other.
  3. For Protocol, select SAML 2.0.
  4. Enter a provider name.
  5. Select Next.
  6. Select Confirm.
  7. Select Close.
Mar 30, 2023

How do I set up SAML authentication in Azure AD? ›

To set up SAML in Azure AD:
  1. Log in to Azure AD as a Global Admin in the Microsoft Azure portal.
  2. Go to the Azure Active Directory tab > Enterprise application.
  3. Click New application.
  4. Click Create your own application.
  5. Enter a name and then click Integrate any other application you don't find in the gallery (Non-gallery).

What is SAML 2.0 single sign-on? ›

SAML 2.0 (Security Assertion Markup Language) is an open standard created to provide cross-domain single sign-on (SSO). In other words, it allows a user to authenticate in a system and gain access to another system by providing proof of their authentication.

How to authenticate access to account by using Azure Active Directory Azure AD identities? ›

With Azure AD, access to a resource is a two-step process:
  1. First, the security principal's identity is authenticated and an OAuth 2.0 token is returned. ...
  2. Next, the token is passed as part of a request to the Blob service and used by the service to authorize access to the specified resource.
Mar 17, 2023

What is the SAML login URL for Azure? ›

Register the user account

Open a new browser window and browse to the sign-in URL for the application. For the Azure AD SAML Toolkit application, the address is .

How does SAML 2.0 authentication work? ›

SAML works by exchanging user information, such as logins, authentication state, identifiers, and other relevant attributes between the identity and service provider. As a result, it simplifies and secures the authentication process as the user only needs to log in once with a single set of authentication credentials.

Can SAML be used for single sign-on? ›

Google offers a SAML-based single sign-on (SSO) service that provides partner companies with full control over the authorization and authentication of hosted user accounts that can access web-based applications like Gmail or Google Calendar.

What is the difference between single sign-on and SAML? ›

SAML enables SSO by defining how organizations can offer both authentication and authorization services as part of their infrastructure access strategy. As an open standard, SAML can be implemented by a wide variety of identity and access management (IAM) vendors.

What is single sign-on SSO in Azure? ›

Azure Active Directory Seamless single sign-on (Azure AD Seamless SSO) automatically signs users in when they are on their corporate devices connected to your corporate network. When enabled, users don't need to type in their passwords to sign in to Azure AD, and usually, even type in their usernames.

Which three authentication methods can Azure AD users use? ›

Available verification methods
  • Microsoft Authenticator.
  • Authenticator Lite (in Outlook)
  • Windows Hello for Business.
  • FIDO2 security key.
  • OATH hardware token (preview)
  • OATH software token.
  • SMS.
  • Voice call.
Mar 14, 2023

How do I enable Microsoft authenticator in Azure AD? ›

To enable Authenticator Lite in the Azure portal, complete the following steps:
  1. In the Azure portal, click Azure Active Directory > Security > Authentication methods > Microsoft Authenticator. ...
  2. On the Enable and Target tab, click Yes and All users to enable the policy for everyone or add selected users and groups.

How do I use Azure Active Directory Azure AD credentials? ›

Sign in to Microsoft Azure, and then click Browse > Active Directory to go to Azure Management Portal. Towards the bottom of the left menu, click Active Directory and then click Default Directory. On the default directory page, click Applications, and then at the bottom of the menu click ADD to add a new application.

How does SAML work with Azure AD? ›

Azure AD: Enterprise cloud IdP that provides SSO and Multi-factor authentication for SAML apps. It synchronizes, maintains, and manages identity information for users while providing authentication services to relying applications.

How do I set up a SAML identity provider? ›

Add a SAML Identity Provider
  1. In the Admin Console, go to SecurityIdentity Providers.
  2. Click Add Identity Provider, and then select Add SAML 2.0 IdP.
  3. Configure the General Settings. If a View Setup Instructions link appears, click it first. Some providers have their own detailed instructions. Name.

Does Microsoft Active Directory support SAML? ›

In Windows Active Directory (AD) environments, SAML SSO can allow employees to access a wide range of applications using only their AD credentials. On-premises AD users can continue to use a centralized identity source (AD) for access to cloud apps like Microsoft 365.

What is the SAML format for Azure AD? ›

Azure AD currently supports the following NameID Format URI for SAML 2.0:urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:2.0:nameid-format:persistent.

How do I enable SAML authentication? ›

To configure SAML single sign-on from Authentication policies:
  1. Go to ...
  2. Select Security > Authentication policies.
  3. Select Edit for the policy you want to configure.
  4. When you select Use SAML single sign-on, we redirect you from the authentication policy to the SAML SSO configuration page.

How do I log into Azure AD Connect? ›

Express installation of Azure AD Connect
  1. Sign in as Local Administrator on the server you want to install Azure AD Connect on. ...
  2. Go to AzureADConnect. ...
  3. In Welcome, select the checkbox to agree to the licensing terms, and then select Continue.
  4. In Express settings, select Use express settings.
May 4, 2023

Is SAML 2.0 still used? ›

SAML 2.0 was introduced in 2005 and remains the current version of the standard. The previous version, 1.1, is now largely deprecated.

What are the two models for users to authenticate using SAML? ›

There are two authentication options: Username/password (default): Your users log in via email and password. SAML SSO: Your users log in via SAML single sign-on (SSO) using your identity provider.

What is the difference between identity provider and service provider in SAML? ›

A Service Provider (SP) is the entity providing the service, typically in the form of an application. An Identity Provider (IdP) is the entity providing the identities, including the ability to authenticate a user.

Does Azure AD support single sign-on? ›

With Azure AD, users can conveniently access all their apps with SSO from any location, on any device, from a centralized and branded portal for a simplified user experience and better productivity.

Does single sign-on SSO require that all users sign in by using the Microsoft Authenticator app yes or no? ›

Using SSO means a user doesn't have to sign in to every application they use. With SSO, users can access all needed applications without being required to authenticate using different credentials.

How to configure SAML 2.0 for AWS single sign-on? ›

The steps in this section will walk you through this process.
  1. Sign in to your AWS Console.
  2. Go to Identity and Access Management (IAM) Service.
  3. Select Identity Providers in the menu bar.
  4. Click Create Provider to create a new instance.
  5. On the Configure Provider screen, enter the following: ...
  6. Finish provider configuration.

What is the difference between ad authentication and SSO? ›

AD and SSO are very different; one is an on-prem directory service — the authoritative source of identities, the other a cloud-based, web app identity extension point solution that federates the identities from a core directory to web applications.

What is the difference between SAML response signing and assertion signing? ›

A SAML response is a reaction of the IdP to SURFconext with the message that the user has been successfully authenticated (or not). A SAML Assertion is some statements done by IdP or SP: authentication, authorization and attributes.

What is the difference between Active Directory and SAML? ›

While SAML is an identity provider, ADFS is a service provider. A SAML 2.0 Identity Provider (IdP) can take multiple forms, one of which is a self hosted Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) server.

What does single sign-on SSO use instead of user credentials to authenticate? ›

This could simply be a username and password or it might include some other form of authentication like a One-Time Password (OTP). Once the Identity Provider validates the credentials provided, it will send a token back to the Service Provider confirming a successful authentication.

Why is single sign-on SSO important? ›

SSO reduces the number of attack surfaces because users only log in once each day and only use one set of credentials. Reducing login to one set of credentials improves enterprise security. When employees have to use separate passwords for each app, they usually don't.

Does SAML work with Azure AD? ›

Azure AD: Enterprise cloud IdP that provides SSO and Multi-factor authentication for SAML apps. It synchronizes, maintains, and manages identity information for users while providing authentication services to relying applications.

How to configure SAML 2.0 in asp net? ›

  1. Step 1: Download and extract package. ● ...
  2. Step 2: Add the module in your application. ● ...
  3. Step 3: Configure your Identity Provider. ...
  4. Step 4: Configure your Service Provider. ...
  5. Step 5: Test Configuration. ...
  6. Step 6:Attribute Mapping. ...
  7. Step 7: Integration Code. ...
  8. Step 8: Add following link in your application for Single Sign-On (SSO)

How to configure SAML 2.0 for Atlassian cloud? ›

Log in to as an administrator.
  1. Select your organization, then select Security > Identity Providers.
  2. Select Okta from the list of providers.
  3. Select your Directory.
  4. Under Authenticate users, select Set up SAML single sign-on. ...
  5. On the Before you begin step, click Next.

How to set up SSO with SAML v2? ›

Follow these steps to configure SAML with one or more IdPs:
  1. Select Add IdP.
  2. Enter a nickname for your IdP.
  3. Obtain the IdP metadata; then, copy it. ...
  4. In the IdP Metadata text box, paste the IdP Metadata.
  5. Copy the SSO URL; then, paste it in your IdP.
  6. Select Save​. ...
  7. To enable the IdP for use with Smartsheet, select Activate.

What is the difference between SSO and SAML? ›

SAML enables SSO by defining how organizations can offer both authentication and authorization services as part of their infrastructure access strategy. As an open standard, SAML can be implemented by a wide variety of identity and access management (IAM) vendors.

What is the difference between SAML and OAuth in Azure Active Directory? ›

SAML authenticates the user's identity to a service, while OAuth authorizes the user to access specific resources owned by the service provider. Both can be used for single sign-on (SSO), which permits users to access IT resources with only one set of login credentials (e.g., username and password).

What is the difference between SAML and OpenID Connect in Azure AD? ›

SAML authentication is commonly used with identity providers such as Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) federated to Azure AD, so it's often used in enterprise applications. OpenID Connect is commonly used for apps that are purely in the cloud, such as mobile apps, websites, and web APIs.


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