SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd using Azure AD as IDP

SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd using Azure AD as IDP


Crowd SAML app gives the ability to enable SAML Single Sign-On for JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket, Bamboo, Fisheye, and other connected applications from any SAML Identity Providers. Here we will go through a guide to configure SSO between Crowd and Identity Provider. By the end of this guide, your IdP users should be able to login and register to Crowd Software.

Pre-requisites

To configure your Identity Provider integration with Crowd SAML SSO, you need the following items:

  • Crowd should be installed and configured.
  • Admin credentials are set up in Crowd.

Download And Installation

  • Log into your Crowd instance as an admin.
  • Navigate to the Administration menu and Click Manage Apps.
  • Click Find new apps or Find new add-ons from the left-hand side of the page.
  • Locate SAML Single Sign-On for Crowd via search and click on install.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd, Install Crowd Add-On through manage apps menu
A. License and Plugin Download

  • Login to miniOrange Admin console.
  • Navigate to License > Manage License > Release and Download .
  • Download the jar file from the Download link.
  • Now, click on the View License button to get the license key.
B. Installation

  • Log in to the Crowd Admin console.
  • Navigate to Administration > Manage Apps.
  • Click on the Upload App and upload the jar file.
  • Now, click on the Configure button. You will be asked to verify the miniOrange credential and license key.
C. Plugin Activation

  • Navigate to Crowd Admin Console → Manage Apps.
  • Click on the Configure button of the miniOrange Crowd SAML SSO plugin.
  • Log in with your miniOrange account. Once authenticated, you will be prompted to enter the license key.
  • Enter the license key and click on the verify button.

Step 1: Setup Azure AD as Identity Provider

     Single Sign On using AzureAD, AzureAD SSO Login Prerequisites Prerequisites:

    Copy these values from the Service Provider Info tab of the SAML plugin.

    • SP Entity ID
    • ACS URL

     Single Sign On into AzureAD, AzureAD SSO Login Instructions Instructions:

    Note: Enterprise app configuration is the recommended option for SAML . If you do not have Azure subscription or using free account please setup App Registration Configuration.

    To perform Single Logout using Azure AD, the Atlassian instance (E.g. Jira,Confluence) must be https enabled.

  • Log in to Azure AD Portal

  • Select ⇒ and Azure Active Directory ⇒ Enterprise Applications.

  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, SAML SSO enterprise application
  • Click on Create your own application. Then enter the name for your app, select the Integrate any other application you don't find in the gallery checkbox and click on Create button

  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, Azure AD SAML SSO new application
  • Click on Set up Single sign-on.

  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD,Azure AD SAML SSO - set up single sign on
  • The next screen presents the options for configuring single sign-on. Click on SAML.

  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, Azure AD SAML SSO select saml
  • Edit the option 1 :Basic SAML Configuration to configure plugin endpoints.
  • Enter the SP Entity ID for Identifier and the ACS URL for Reply URL from Service Provider Info tab of the plugin.

  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, Azure AD SAML configuration
  • Click on Save icon.
  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, SSO save window
  • By default, the following Attributes will be sent in the SAML token. You can view or edit the claims sent in the SAML token to the application under the User Attributes & Claims tab.
  • You can add attribute using Add new claim
  •  Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, user attributes claims
  • You can add group attribute claim using Add a group claim
  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, add a group claim
  • Copy App Federation Metadata Url from setup tab.

  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD,federation metadata URL
  • Click on User and groups from the applications left-hand navigation menu. The next screen presents the options for assigning the users/groups to the application.

  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, user and groups
  • Log in to Azure AD Portal

  • Select Azure Active Directory ⇒ App Registrations. Click on New Application Registration.

  •  Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, New app
  • Assign a Name and choose the account type. In the Redirect URI field, provide the ACS URL provided in Service Provider Info tab of the plugin and click on Register button.
  •       Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, app registration
  • Now, navigate to Expose an API menu option and click the Set button and replace the APPLICATION ID URI with the plugin's SP Entity ID

  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, expose an API
  • By default, some Attributes will be sent in the SAML token. If you're not getting group information. Then, add Token configuration for Group information.

  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, token configuration
  • Click on Add groups claim
  • Single Sign On(SSO)using Azure AD, Add groups claim
  • Copy the Federation Metadata URL given below. Replace the '{tenant_ID}' part with your Directory/Tenant ID. This will be required while configuring the SAML plugin.

    Federation Metadata URL https://login.microsoftonline.com/{tenant_ID}/federationmetadata/2007-06/federationmetadata.xml


Step 2: Setup Crowd as Service Provider

Configuring Single IDP

With the information you have been given by Your IDP team, you can configure IDP settings in 2 ways:

A. By Metadata URL

  • Click on Import from Metadata in Configure IDP tab
  • Give IDP Name that you want to.
  • Enter IDP metadata URL: Enter your metadata URL
  • If your IDP changes certificates at intervals (Eg. Azure AD), you can select Refresh metadata periodically. Select 5 minutes for the best results.
  • Click Import

SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd, Import IDP through Metadata URL

B. Manual Configuration

Go to Configure IDP tab and enter the following details

  • IDP Entity ID
  • Single Sign On URL
  • Single Logout URL
  • X.509 Certificate
SAML Single Sign ON (SSO) into Crowd, Configure IDP Manually
Configure New IDP

If you already have one IDP & you are looking to add Second IDP then you can do it by performing the following steps.

  • Navigate to Configure IDP tab.
  • Click on Add new IDP.
  • It will present a blank form & you can configure new IDP using steps from Single IdP Setup.
SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd, Add second IDP into Crowd

Configure multiple IDPs

If you have configured more than two IDPs then it will show you the list of IDP that you have configured with Crowd.

Click on Add new IdP button for adding new IDP on Crowd. The steps for adding new IDP will remain the same.

SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd, Add multiple IDP into Crowd
An operation that you can perform with List of IdPs page.

  • Add / delete Identity Provider.
  • Test Connection between Crowd & IdP by click on Test button for respective IDP.
  • Edit the IdP configuration by clicking on the Edit button.
  • You can allow an only specific set of users to access Crowd by using Domain Mapping.

Single Sign-On with Multiple Identity Provider(IDP)

Select your IdP from the list. It will redirect you to selected IdP login page.

SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd, login buttons on login page for multiple IDP

Step 3: Setting up Crowd user profile attributes

    We will be setting up user profile attributes for Crowd. If your users are stored in a directory that is Read Only, please check Disable Attribute Mapping in User Profile tab and follow steps given in Matching a User.

    SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd, User profile Settings
    a. Finding correct attributes
  • Go to Configure IDP tab. Scroll down and click on Test Configuration.
  • You will see all the values returned by your IDP to Crowd in a table. If you don't see value for First Name, Last Name, Email or Username, make the required settings in your IDP to return this information.
  • Once you see all the values in Test Configuration, keep the window open and go to User Profile tab.
  • b. Setting profile attributes
  • In this tab, fill the values by matching the name of the attribute. For instance, if the Attribute Name in the Test Configuration window is NameID, enter NameID against Username
  • Setting up both Username and Email is required if you want to let users register. If you want existing users to only login, configure the attribute using which you will match the user in Crowd.
  • c. Matching a User
    When the user logs into Crowd, one of the user's data/attribute coming in from the IDP is used to search the user in Crowd. This is used to detect the user in Crowd and log in the user to the same account.
    You can configure it using steps given below:
  • Go to User Profile tab
  • Select Username or Email for Login/Search Crowd user account by
  • Enter the attribute name from IDP which corresponds to Username or Email using Finding Correct Attributes

Step 4: Assigning groups to users

    We will be setting up user group attributes for Crowd. If your users are stored in a directory that is Read Only, please check Disable Group Mapping in User Groups tab and skip to Setting default group.
    a. Setting default group
  • Select the users' Default Group in the tab User Groups. If no group is mapped, users are added by default to this group.
  • You can enable default groups for All Users or New Users using the option. Select None if you don't want to assign any default group to SSO users, using the option Enable Default Groups for.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd, Default groups in group mapping
    b. Finding Group Attribute
  • Just like we found Attribute Name for User Profile attributes, we find group attribute.
  • Go to Configure IDP tab. Scroll down and click on Test Configuration.
  • You will see all the values returned by your IDP to Crowd in a table. If you don't see value with groups, make the required settings in your IDP to return group names.
  • Once you see all the values in Test Configuration, keep the window open and go to User Groups tab.
  • Enter the Attribute Name of group against Group Attribute.
  • Check Disable Group Mapping option if you don't want to update groups of existing users.
  • c. Group Mapping
    Group Mapping can be done in following way:

    Manual group mapping: If the names of groups in Crowd are different than the corresponding groups in IDP, you should use Manual group mapping

  • Check Restrict User Creation Based on Group Mapping option if you want new users to be created only if at least one of the user's IDP groups is mapped to a group in the application.
  • For mapping, first select a Crowd group from the dropdown which lists all groups present in Crowd and then enter the name of the IDP group to be mapped in the textbox beside
  • For example, if you want all users in 'dev' group in IDP to be added to crowd-software-users, you will need to select crowd-software-users from the dropdown and enter 'dev' against crowd-software-users.
  • Use '+1' and '+10' buttons to add extra mapping fields.
  • Use '-' button next to each mapping to delete that mapping.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd, Manual group mapping

Step 5: SSO Settings

    The settings in SSO Settings tab define the user experience for Single Sign On.

  • Go to SSO Login Template. Design your own login template that will be used to initiate SSO.
  • SAML Single Sign On (SSO) into Crowd, Custom login Settings
  • Set redirect URL after login using Relay State. Keep this empty for coming back to the same page user started from
  • Enable Auto-redirect to IDP if you want to allow users to login only using IDP. Enable backdoor for emergency


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