Login with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) | Azure AD SSO login for your apps

Login with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) | Azure AD SSO login for your apps

Azure AD as IDP (Identity Provider) solution from miniOrange allows you to SSO login to your cloud and SAAS applications and websites using your Azure AD credentials. By configuring Azure AD as IDP in miniOrange, centralized Single Sign-On can be implemented.
We will walk you through the steps of configuring SSO login between a website/app and Azure AD by considering Azure AD as the identity provider (IdP).

miniOrange can also be used as an Identity Broker Identity Broker for cross-protocol authentication. In simple terms, it means configuring a Service Provider (your app: Azure AD) to work with an Identity Provider following a different protocol, such as SAML, OAuth, etc. By using Azure AD as IDP, you will be able to securely access your cloud and SAAS applications and websites.

1. Configure Azure AD as Identity Provider (IDP) in miniOrange

Mentioned below are steps to configure Azure AD as IDP via SAML and OAuth configuration. Follow the steps accordingly based on your requirement (SAML or OAuth).

    Follow the steps to configure Azure AD as IdP by SAML configuration.

  • Go to miniOrange Admin Console.
  • From the left navigation bar select Identity Provider
  • Click on Add Identity Provider button.
  • Configuring Azure AD as IdP : Identity Provider
  • Select SAML. Click on Import IDP metadata.
  • Configuring Azure AD as IdP : IDP metadata
  • Choose appropriate IDP name.
  • The metadata URL is available in step 2. Choose URL and copy the metadata URL.
  • Click on Import.
  • Configuring Azure AD as IdP: Azure AD Import
  • As shown in the below screen the IDP Entity ID, SAML SSO Login URL and x.509 Certificate will be filled from the Metadata file we just imported. Enter the Logout URL copied from Azure AD to Single Logout URL field.
  • Configuring Azure AD as IdP : SAML SSO Login URL and x.509 Certificate
  • Click on Save.

2. Configuring miniOrange as Service Provider (SP) in Azure AD

  • Log in to Azure AD Portal
  • Select Azure Active Directory.

  • Configuring Azure AD as IDP click on Azure AD
  • Select Enterprise Application.

  • Azure AD as IDP : Enterprise Applications
  • Click on New Application.

  • Azure AD as IDP : Adding New Application
  • Click on Create your own Application under Browse Azure AD Gallery.

  • Azure AD as IDP : create application
  • Enter the name for your app, then select Non-gallery application section and click on Create button.

  • Azure AD as IDP :  Non-gallery application
  • Click on Setup Single sign-on .

  • Azure AD as IDP : Single sign-on
  • Select the SAML  tab.

  • Azure AD as IDP : Select SAML
  • For Basic SAML configuration you need to get the Entity ID, ACS URL, and the Single Logout URL from miniOrange.(available in next step)
  • Azure AD as IDP : SAML configuration
  • Go to miniOrange Dashboard in the left navigation menu. Click on Add External IdP.
  • Now click on the Click here link to get miniOrange metadata as shown in Screen below.
  • Azure AD as IDP : get miniorange metadata
  • For SP -INITIATED SSO section Select Show Metadata Details.
  • Azure AD as IDP : SP intiated Metadata
  • Enter the values in basic SAML configuration as shown in below screen
  • Identifier (Entity ID) Entity ID or Issuer
    Reply URL (Assertion Consumer Service URL) ACS URL
    Sign on URL (optional required during IDP-initiated SSO) Show SSO Link from Step 4
    Logout URL Single Logout URL

  • By default, the following Attributes will be sent in the SAML response. You can view or edit the claims sent in the SAML response to the application under the Attributes tab.

  • Azure AD as IDP : SAML attributes
  • Copy the App Federation Metadata Url to get the Endpoints required for configuring your Service Provider.

  • Azure AD as IDP : Federation metadata file
  • Assign users and groups to your SAML application.
    • As a security control, Azure AD will not issue a token allowing a user to sign in to the application unless Azure AD has granted access to the user. Users may be granted access directly, or through group membership.
    • Navigate to Users and groups tab and click on Add user/group.
    • Azure AD as IDP : Assign groups and users
    • Click on Users to assign the required user and then click on select.
    • Azure AD as IDP : Add users
    • You can also assign a role to your application under Select Role section. Finally, click on Assign button to assign that user or group to the SAML application.

Test Connection

  • Go to Identity Providers tab.
  • Click on Select>>Test Connection option against the Identity Provider you configured.
  • Configuring Azure AD as IdP : Test Connection
    Configuring Azure AD as IdP : login
  • On entering valid Azure AD credentials you will see a pop-up window which as shown in below screen.
  • Configuring Azure AD as IdP : Test Connection successful
  • Hence your configuration of Azure AD as IDP in miniOrange is successsfully completed.

    Follow the steps to configure Azure AD as IdP by OAuth configuration.

  • Go to miniOrange Admin Console.
  • From the left navigation bar select Identity Provider. Select Oauth
  • Azure AD saml Apps Azure AD saml Apps
  • Enter the following values.
  • IdP Name Custom Provider
    IdP Display Name Choose appropriate Name
    OAuth Authorize Endpoint From step 2
    OAuth Access Token Endpoint From step 2
    OAuth Get User Info Endpoint (optional) -
    Client ID From step 2
    Client secret From step 2
    Scope openid

2. Configuring miniOrange as Service Provider (SP) in Azure AD

  • Go to your Azure B2C portal page. Click on Applications and then Add.
  • Azure b2c sso Login : azure-b2c-add-application

  • Give a name to your app and toggle ON the Web App and Implicit flow options.
  • Azure b2c sso Login : azure-b2c-app-create

  • To get the Redirect URL:
    • Go to miniOrange Admin Console.
    • From the left navigation bar select Identity Provider.
    • Azure AD as IDP: Azure AD saml Apps
    • Copy the Callback URL as Redirect URL required for next step.
    • Azure AD as IDP: Azure AD saml Apps
  • Paste the OAuth Callback URL from above step in the Reply URL field. And Click Create.
  • Go to your application. Click on Keys and then Generate Key.
  • Azure AD as IDP : azure-b2c-geneate-key

  • Click Save
  • Once saved, the generated secret will be revealed.
  • Copy the key as your application's Client Secret.
  • Go to User Flow and add New User Flow.
  • Azure AD as IDP : azure-b2c-create-policy

  • Select Sign up and sign in User Flow type
  • Give a name to your policy and save.
  • Go to Application registrations -> Endpoints.
  • Azure AD as IDP : azure-b2c-endpoints

  • Copy token and authorization endpoints.

3. Configure Your application in miniOrange


If you have already configured your application in miniOrange you can skip the following steps.

  • Click on Create App under SAML.
  • Click on Create SAML App
  • Search for your Application. In case you do not find your app, search for Custom SAML App.
  • Search for your SAML App Configure SAML Application
  • Get the ACS URL and SP Entity ID from your application.
  • Enter the following values OR click on Import SP Metadata:
  • Service Provider Name Choose appropriate name according to your choice
    SP Entity ID or Issuer Your Application Entity ID
    ACS URL X.509 Certificate (optional) Your Application Assertion Consumer Service URL
    NameID Format  Select urn:oasis:names:tc:SAML:1.1:nameid-format:emailAddress
    Response Signed Unchecked
    Assertion Signed Checked
    Encrypted Assertion Unchecked
    Group policy Default
    Login Method
  • Click on Save to configure your application.
  • Now to get the IDP metadata of the app configured, Go to apps >> your_app >> select >> metadata tab.
  • Go to the metadata section
  • Click on the Show Metadata details in the Information required to Authenticate via External IDPs section. Download the metadata XML file by clicking on Download Metadata button or copy the Metadata URL link.
  • Downlaod metadata - URL
  • You need to Upload this metadata in your application.
  • Click on Create App under OAuth/OIDC. Click on Open ID Connect App .
  •  Add OAuth openIDConnect app
  • You can add any OAuth Client app here to enable miniOrange as OAuth Server. Few popular OAuth client apps for single sign-on are Salesforce, WordPress, Joomla, Atlassian, etc.
  • Select your OAuth openIDConnect app Configure OAth AddopenIDConnect app
  • Enter following Values:
  • Client Name Add appropriate Name
    Redirect URL Get the Redirect-URL from your OAuth Client
    Descrption Add if required
    Group Name Default
    Policy Name
    Login Method
  • Click on Save
  • Now to provide the required data to OAuth client go to the app configured i.e apps >> your_app >> select >> edit.
  • Edit OAuth editOpenidConnect app OAuth openidConnect app endpoints

    Note: Choose the Authorization Endpoint according to the identity source you configure.

  • When you want to use you want to use miniOrange as OAuth identity server use this endpoint: https://{mycompany.domainname.com}/moas/idp/openidsso
  • If you are configuring any Identity Provider in Identity Providers Menu and not using miniOrange as IDP use this endpoint: https://{mycompany.domainname.com}/broker/login/oauth{customerid}
  • Click on Create App under JWT.
  • Click n External JWT app
  • Select JWT App.
  • SelectJWT app
  • Configure the name for your application and configure Redirect-URL which tells where to send JWT response. Redirect-URL should be an endpoint on your application where you want to achieve SSO.
  • Configure JWT App

    In case you are setting up SSO with Mobile Applications where you can't create an endpoint for Redirect or Callback URL, use below URL.


  • Click Save
  • To get the SSO link for your application, Go to Apps >> your_app >> select >> Edit.
  • Get SSO Link
  • Then, copy the Single Sign On Url and verify SSO setup by browsing that url.
  •  SSO URL
  • On successful authentication, you will be redirected to configured Redirect or Callback URL with JWT token
  • You will need to download a certificate from App > Manage Apps, and click Certificate link against your configured application. This certificate will be used for signature validation of JWT response.
  • Download certificate to proceed with SSO

4. Setup Multiple IDPs (Optional)

    You have a choice to set multiple IDPS for Single Application, i.e integrate multiple IDP and users can select IDP accordingly from which they want to authenticate themselves. There are three different ways to authenticate users using IDP.

  • Login using IDP selection page: It gives users an option to Select IDP from the dropdown list during login time.
  • Domain Mapping: Here we map the email domains to a particular IDP. So when the user enters the Email address with a specific domain he would be redirected to the respective IDP.
  • App Identity Provider Mapping: This feature gives users an option to select one specific IDP for their application before login.
  • Note : At once you can select either of them.

  • You can configure multiple IDPs (Identity Providers) and give users the option to select the IDP of their choice to authenticate with.
    For Example - It could be multiple AD domains belonging to different departments or multiple okta organizations.
  • Few usecases where customers configure multiple IDPs -

  • Suppose you have a product which many of your clients use and each client has their own unique IDP so you want them to SSO into your product as well using their existing IDP only. miniOrange provides a centralized way to connect with all IDPs in a very easy manner and integrate SSO into your application.
  • Suppose you are providing a course to many universities, each having a unique SAML, OAuth protocol supported IDP's like Shibboleth, ADFS, CAS, etc. You can provide Single Sign-On (SSO) into your course application to all these universities by integrating with all of them using a single platform provided by miniOrange.
  • This is the endpoint to call from your SAML application -
    For Cloud IDP - https://login.xecurify.com/moas/discovery?customerId=<customer_id>
    For On-Premise IDP - https://yourdomain.com/discovery?customerId=<customer_id>
  • You should copy the Customer Key from admin console-> Settings -> and replace it with <customer_id> here. Once configured in SP, when you initiate the login from Service Provider, a user will be redirected to IDP Selection Page listing all IDPs configured for that account.
  • You can see the screenshot below of the IDP Selection Page with a list of IDPs .

    Note: To view the IDP in drop-down list, go to Identity Providers tab > against your configured IDP > Select >Edit , here Enable the Show IdP to Users option.

    Select your IDP (Identity Provider) to login

  • You can also change the look and feel of this page. Login to miniOrange Admin console. Navigate to Customization -> Branding Configuration. See the below screenshot for reference-
    Customize IDP selection login page
  1. You can customize the title of this page.
  2. Change the logo and favicon for this page.
  3. Change the background and button color for this page from admin UI.

If you have multiple IDPs and you want a certain set of users to authenticate from one IdP whereas another set of users to authenticate from another IdP, based on their email domains you can achieve this by using the following steps:- Our domain mapping feature

  • We have provided a Domain Mapping field under each IdP where admins can enter the domain eg. demo.com , example.com as shown in the screenshot below.
  • Domain Mapping for selected IDP SSO

    Lets say, there are two organisations under ADFS. One want to authenticate the users under the domain demo.com and other one with the domain example.com. For reference, We have taken the 2 organisations as two different IDPs and WordPress as SP. Follow the guides to set up ADFS and WordPress at your end.

  • Once the setup is complete you can login through your Wordpress site.
  • So a user logging in with the demo.com domain will be redirected to the first organisation under ADFS.
  • Selected IDP Login Page

  • User logging in with email address having example.com domain will be redirected to the second organisation under ADFS.
  • Different Domain IDP SSO login
    SSO Login Page for the selected domain
  • Once the user will authenticate itself through respective Organisations under ADFS, it will be redirected back to Wordpress site.

    If you have multiple IDPs (identity provider) and you want a certain application user to authenticate with one IDP and other application users with another IDP then you can achieve this by our Identity Source Feature.

  • Go to apps >> your_app >> select >>edit.
  • Edit SAML app
  • Here you will have an option called as an Identity source.
  • The dropdown list would show the list of configured IDPs (Identity providers) in miniOrange Identity Providers tab and Userstore.
  • Select one IDP you want for this application. Click on Save.
  • Select IDP from which you want to authenticate users
  • Now the users of this application would be able to authenticate only by the IDP (Identity Provider) selected from the Identity Source dropdown list.

Using this Guide, you have successfully configured Azure AD Single Sign-On (Azure AD SSO Login) for Your Application by configuring Azure AD as IdP and your SAML Applications as SP using our Azure AD Single Sign On (SSO) for Your Application solution. This solution ensures that you are ready to roll out secure access to your applications using Azure AD login credentials within minutes.
Same steps can be followed to configure Single Sign-On (SSO) login between other Protocol supporting Applications (Oauth, OpenID etc.)

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