Office 365 Single Sign-On (SAML SSO)
Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO) integration lets you to configure client application that uses Identity Provider (IDP), Directory - Okta, Ping, Azure Active Directory, ADFS for SSO authentication. With SSO being enabled users can use the same Office 365 username and password (credentials) to access multiple apps as they don’t need to remember different passwords for multiple apps.
Seamless Office 365 SSO configuration by miniOrange
Office 365 SAML Single Sign-On (SSO) solution by miniOrange provides secure Single Sign-On access into Office 365 using a single set of login credentials. This allows organizations to secure access to their Office 365 team and easily manage user access, while also providing a seamless login experience for users.
With miniOrange Office 365 SSO, you can:
- Enable your users to automatically login to Office 365
- Have centralized and easy access control of the users
- Connect easily with any external identity source like Azure AD, ADFS, Cognito, etc
Along with SSO, Users requirement around advanced security for Office 365 helped us to introduce enhanced Office 365 Two-Factor Authentication solution. Office 365 2FA security makes it easier for users and organizations to safeguard and prevent themselves from security breaches.
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Supported SSO Features
miniOrange Office 365 SAML integration supports the following features:
- SP Initiated SSO Login: Users can access their Office 365 account via a URL or bookmark. They will automatically be redirected to the miniOrange portal for login. Once they've signed on, they'll be automatically redirected and logged into Office 365.
- IdP Initiated SSO Login: Users need to login to the miniOrange first , and then click on the Office 365 icon on the applications dashboard to access Office 365.(If you have set up any more Identity Sources, you will log in to that platform).
Connect with External Source of Users
miniOrange provides user authentication from various external sources, which can be Directories (like ADFS, Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD, OpenLDAP, Google, AWS Cognito etc), Identity Providers (like Shibboleth, Ping, Okta, OneLogin, KeyCloak), Databases (like MySQL, Maria DB, PostgreSQL) and many more.
1. Sync On-Premise Active Directory with Azure Active Directory
NOTE: If you want to use your On-Premise Active Directory as a user store to Single Sign-On into Office 365 then follow the below steps to sync your AD and Azure AD.
- Download the Azure AD Connect
- Run the Azure AD installer on your domain machine and follow the setup.
2. Verify your UPN Domain in Azure Portal
- In the Azure portal navigate to Azure Active Directory >> Custom domain names and click on Add custom domain.
- Enter the full domain name in the right pane that pops up and click on Add domain.
- A new window will open up with TXT/MX records for the domain. You will have to add the resented entry in your domain name registrar.
- Click on verify once you have added the entry
Follow the step-by-step guide given below for Office 365 Single Sign-On (SSO)
1. Setup a Custom Branded URL in miniOrange Admin Console
Single Sign-On into Office 365 requires a custom branded URL to be set. Access to miniOrange and connected resources will need to be through the custom branded URL in the format:
- Login to miniOrange Admin Console.
- Click on Customization in the left menu of the dashboard.
- In Basic Settings, set the Organization Name as the custom_domain name.
- Click Save. Once that is set, the branded login URL would be of the format
2. Configure Office 365 in miniOrange
- Login into miniOrange Admin Console.
- Go to Apps and click on Add Applicaton button.
- In Choose Application Type click on Create App button in SAML/WS-FED application type.
- In the next step, search for Office 365. Click on Office 365 app.
- Make sure the SP Entity ID or Issuer is:
- Make sure the ACS URL is:
- Click on Next.
- Configure Name ID based on the User Store you are using:
- Using Active Directory / miniOrange brokering service: Select External IDP Attribute from the dropdown and add objectguid in the text-box that appears.
- Using miniOrange as a User Store: Select Custom Profile Attribute and select a Custom Attribute from the drop-down.
- Set the login policy. You can choose to enable 2FA for login or have users login using a standard username-password.
- Click on Save to configure Office 365.
3. Configure Microsoft Online Services
- Click on Select dropdown and choose Metadata.
- Click on the Download Federate Domain Script button under "INFORMATION REQUIRED TO AUTHENTICATE VIA EXTERNAL IDPS"
- Enter the domain name that you want to federate and click on Download.
Note: You cannot federate your default "onmicrosoft.com" domain. To federate your Office 365 tenant, you must add a custom domain to Office 365.
- After downloading the script, Open PowerShell run the federate_domain script using:
powershell -ExecutionPolicy ByPass -File federate_domain.ps1
- Your domain is now federated. Use the commands below to check your federation settings:
4. Now sign in to your Microsoft Office 365 account with miniOrange IdP by either of the two steps:
- Go to Office 365 Login and click on sign-in
- You will be redirected to Microsoft Online portal. Here you have to enter the UPN of the user.(It should contain the domain that is federated with miniOrange)
- Now you will be redirected to miniOrange IdP Sign On Page.
- Enter your login credential and click on Login. You will be automatically logged in to your Office 365 account.
2. Using IdP initiated login :-
- Login to your miniOrange Self Service Console as an End User and click on the Office 365 icon on your Dashboard.
- Once you click on Office 365 you don't need to enter credentials again you will be redirected to Office 365 account.
5. Configure Your User Directory (Optional)
miniOrange provides user authentication from various external sources, which can be Directories (like ADFS, Microsoft Active Directory, Azure AD, OpenLDAP, Google, AWS Cognito etc), Identity Providers (like Okta, Shibboleth, Ping, OneLogin, KeyCloak), Databases (like MySQL, Maria DB, PostgreSQL) and many more. You can configure your existing directory/user store or add users in miniOrange.
- Click on External Directories >> Add Directory in the left menu of the dashboard.
- Select Directory type as AD/LDAP.
Enter LDAP Display Name and LDAP Identifier name.
Select Directory Type as Active Directory.
Enter the LDAP Server URL or IP Address against LDAP Server URL field.
Click on Test Connection button to verify if you have made a successful connection with your LDAP server.
- STORE LDAP CONFIGURATION IN MINIORANGE: Choose this option if you want to keep your configuration in miniOrange. If active directory is behind a firewall, you will need to open the firewall to allow incoming requests to your AD.
- STORE LDAP CONFIGURATION ON PREMISE: Choose this option if you want to keep your configuration in your premise and only allow access to AD inside premises. You will have to download and install miniOrange gateway in your premise.
In Active Directory, go to the properties of user containers/OU's and search for Distinguished Name attribute.
Enter the valid Bind account Password.
Click on Test Bind Account Credentials button to verify your LDAP Bind credentials for LDAP connection.
Search Base is the location in the directory where the search for a user begins. You will get this from the same place you got your Distinguished name.
Select a suitable Search filter from the drop down menu. To use custom Search Filter select "Write your Custom Filter" option and customize it accordingly.
You can also configure following options while setting up AD. Enable Activate LDAP in order to authenticate users from AD/LDAP. Click on the Save button to add user store.
Here's the list of the attributes and what it does when we enable it. You can enable/disable accordingly.
||All user authentications will be done with LDAP credentials if you Activate it
|Sync users in miniOrange
||Users will be created in miniOrange after authentication with LDAP
||If LDAP credentials fail then user will be authenticated through miniOrange
|Allow users to change password
||This allows your users to change their password. It updates the new credentials in your LDAP server
|Enable administrator login
||On enabling this, your miniOrange Administrator login authenticates using your LDAP server
|Show IdP to users
||If you enable this option, this IdP will be visible to users
|Send Configured Attributes
||If you enable this option, then only the attributes configured below will be sent in attributes at the time of login
Click on Save. After this, it will show you the list of User stores. Click on Test Connection to check whether you have enter valid details. For that, it will ask for username and password.
On Successful connection with LDAP Server, a success message is shown.
Click on Test Attribute Mapping.
Enter a valid Username. Then, click on Test. Mapped Attributes corresponding to the user are fetched.
After successful Attribute Mapping Configuration, go back to the ldap configuration and enable Activate LDAP in order to authenticate users from AD/LDAP.
Refer our guide to setup LDAPS on windows server.
User Import and Provisioning from AD
- Go to Settings >> Product Settings in the Customer Admin Account.
- Enable the "Enable User Auto Registration" option and click Save.
- (Optional) To send a welcome email to all the end users that will be imported, enable the "Enable sending Welcome Emails after user registration" option and click Save.
- From the Left-Side menu of the dashboard select Provisioning.
- In Setup Provisioning tab select Active Directory in the Select Application Drop Down.
- Toggle the Import Users tab, click on Save button.
- On the same section, switch to Import Users section.
- Select Active Directory from the dropdown and click on the Import Users tab, to import all the users from Active Directory to miniOrange.
- You can view all the Users you have imports by selecting Users >> User List from Left Panel.
- All the imported users will be auto registered.
- These groups will be helpful in adding multiple 2FA policies on the applications.
miniOrange integrates with various external user sources such as directories, identity providers, and etc.
How to identify errors in SAML assertions sent by your IDP?
- Use the SAML Assertion Validator to troubleshoot single sign-on (SSO) login problems and identify errors in SAML assertions sent by your identity provider. Click on this link know more about the error identification in SAML Assertions.
How can I trace and export the SAML tracer logs?
How to remove miniOrange SSO/2FA from Office 365?
- Open PowerShell as admin.
- Run the command Connect-MsolService.
- Enter your Microsoft Credentials. [Use Microsoft global admin who has Microsoft in his domain]
- Run the below command:
Set-MsolDomainAuthentication -Authentication Managed -DomainName <domainName> -PreferredAuthenticationProtocol SAMLP
- Office 365 + miniOrange
- IP Restriction for Office 365
- Office 365 provisioning configuration